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25 dead in run-up to village polls, 110,000 cops to man elections — PNP 10/25/2010

Monday, October 25, 2010

25 dead in run-up to village polls, 110,000 cops to man elections — PNP

10/25/2010
At least 25 persons have been killed in violence related to upcoming village-level elections in the country, the Philippine National Police (PNP) yesterday said.

It came as police imposed tight security for today’s elections in which Filipinos will vote for barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan chairmen and council members in the nation’s 42,000 villages, police spokesman Senior Supt. Agrimero Cruz said.

Police records show 25 persons had been killed and 10 wounded in election-related violence since the campaign period began last Sept. 25, he told reporters.

“We have been on full alert since Saturday night. We will be setting up security assistance desks in all voting centres to ensure honest, orderly and peaceful elections,” Cruz said.

Also, the PNP said 85 percent of the 135,000-strong PNP will be deployed to man police assistance desks (PADs) to be established in 42,000 barangays nationwide for today’s synchronized barangay and SK elections..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20101025hed3.html

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