Mayor Peña lauds possible removal of Moises Padilla from election watch list areas

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Mayor Magdaleno Peña has welcomed reports that the town of Moises Padilla may no longer be considered as election watchlist areas.

Peña attributed the drop in election-related violence to the increased police and military presence in the municipality.

The Philippine Army 62nd Infantry Battalion has chased New People’s Army (NPA) rebels out of the town, the politiko said in a Watchmen Daily Journal article.

When asked if he supported the cancellation of peace talks with the NPA, Peña said the move should been made “a long time ago.”

Earlier this month, the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office identified Moises Padilla as one of the towns that could be removed from their elections watch list areas.

The towns of EB Magalona, Toboso, Don Salvador Benedicto, and Isabela are also being considered for removal as areas of concern for the upcoming 2019 midterm elections.