BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Two local government units in Negros Occidental are among towns and cities in Western Visayas being considered by the police as potential election hotspots in the next year elections.
PLt. Abegael Donasco, deputy spokesperson of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, however, did not identify the town and city in northern and southern Negros, respectively, pending further validation.
During the 2019 elections, Moises Padilla town had been placed under Comelec control due to election-related violence, intense political rivalries and presence of private armed groups, as well as the New People’s Army.
Donasco said the two LGUs have been placed under Red category, due to the reported presence of a private armed group and New People’s Army.
The election hotspot list has four categories — Green, Yellow, Orange, and Red.
Category Yellow refers to areas of concern, which means they have a history and occurrence of election-related incidents, possible employment of partisan armed groups, while Category Orange are areas of immediate concern, where there is a serious armed threat.
The Red category is a combination of Yellow and Orange categories, according to the PNP.
Donasco, however, said that majority of the towns and cities in Negros Occidental are under the Green category that refers to areas that do not have security concerns and are generally peaceful and orderly, as of this time.*