PNP Checking Cavite Candidates List

TRECE MARTIRES CITY, Cavite - The Provincial Commission on Elections (Comelec) and the Police Provincial Office (PPO) will look into the list of election candidates to determine if there is a need to declare any cities and towns in the turf as "areas of concern" or "hotspots."

Lawyer Juanito V. Ravanzo Jr., Comelec-Cavite supervisor, and Senior Supt. John C. Bulalacao, PPO director, said that a meeting with some other concerned agencies will be set for them to see the candidates' list and assess the peace and order situation in the six cities and 18 towns of the province, particularly during the election period.

Both officials said that the list candidates for the May 13, 2013 would be "vital" in determining the peace and order in any areas of the province as far as the May 13, 2013 elections are concerned.

Bulalacao assured that security would be in place before, during and after the election day.

The PPO commander said that it would be "raw" or "premature" to make any pronouncements on the election peace and order at this time as his office has yet to see the list of candidates.

Ravanzo and Bulalacao, in separate interviews, said that there is no report of election-related violence or threat this early.

Both officials said that they would come out with the election watch list in due time, if there is any cities or towns that would have to be declared as "areas of concern."

During the May 10, 2010 elections, the PPO had placed at least two cities and seven towns under their watch list. The "areas of concern" included Bacoor (now a city), Tanza, Amadeo and Trece Martires City, the capitol site.

The political season virtually started early in Cavite province with the proclamation of incumbent Governor Juanito Victor "Jonvic" Remulla of Lakas-Christian-Muslim Democrats (CMD)-Partido Magdalo Alliance and former Governor-now Third District Representative Erineo "Ayong" Maliksi of Liberal Party as gubernatorial candidates and their running mates a week before the October 1-5 filing of certificates of candidacies (CoCs).

There were over 400 candidates who filed their CoCs for various positions during the five-day period.

There are between 1.6 million and 2 million registered voters in Cavite, making the province as one, if not the most, vote populous areas in the country.

The exact number of the voting population will be known after Oct. 31 this year, the deadline set by the Comelec for the registration of voters.

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