21 dead in 16 ‘election-related’ incidents – PNP
The Philippine National Police (PNP) has recorded 16 probable election-related violent incidents, majority of which happened even before the start of the campaign period last Friday, its spokesperson said Sunday.
PNP spokesperson Chief Supt. John Bulalacao said 21 people had died since April 14.
“Since April 14 up to the present, mayroon na tayong naitalang 16 suspected election-related incidents,” Bulalacao said in an interview with Radyo Inquirer 990 AM
“Base sa record namin, bale 21 na ang namamatay, lima ang wounded, at isa yung unharmed,” he added.
Bulalacao said the latest recorded fatality was in Manaoag, Pangasinan, where a barangay official was shot dead Saturday night.
He added that 35 firearms had been confiscated by the PNP in checkpoints.
Despite these, Bulalacao maintained that the first day of the campaign period was “generally peaceful.” /cbb
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