The Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office is closely monitoring four areas considered as hotspots in the province, with the start of the filing of certificates of candidacy today, Senior Supt. Rodolfo Castil Jr., NOCPPO director, said yesterday.
These are Escalante City, and the towns of Moises Padilla, Isabela, and Toboso, Castil said.
The rest of the towns and cities of Negros Occidental will also be placed under monitoring to determine if there are any threats there.
It is after the filing of the COCs that the area can be assessed whether it can be declared a hotspot or not, Castil said.
Security measures are being implemented in Negros Occidental with the start of the local and national filing of COCs today, he said.
Police officers are deployed at their respective town or city Commission on Elections offices.
“This is to prevent chaos, misunderstandings, and at the same time to preempt ill-willed individuals from sabotaging the filing of the COCs,” Castil said.
Compared to other areas, the rivalry of would-be candidates in Negros Occidental is manageable, he said.
The filing of COCs for the May 13 elections is until October 17.*
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