PRO-6 claims polls generally peaceful

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Amid claims of vote-buying and harassment, police said the May 13 midterm elections in Western Visayas were generally peaceful and orderly.

The Police Regional Office 6 said it did not receive reports of election-related violent incidents on Election Day itself.

But PRO-6 spokesperson Police Lt. Col. Joem Malong said they received complaints of vote-buying in Western Visayas (

Of the 73 recorded vote buying activities monitored or recorded, 55 are under investigation and three cases were filed before the Prosecutors’ Office, she said.

She added at least 35 persons had been arrested while three minors were rescued and P21,700 cash seized.

Malong said the reported election violations were addressed through the deployment of Anti-Vote Buying Operating Teams.

On the other hand, police arrested 24 violators of the liquor ban.

Malong said the opening of all 3,554 voting centers in the region went smoothly, though they received reports four vote counting machines had malfunctioned.

The Regional Task Group for 2019 Midterm Elections provided comprehensive security and safety coverage over 3,554 voting centers.

Meanwhile, Malong said the communist New People’s Army managed to conduct permit-to-campaign activities in Lemery town in Iloilo and Dumarao and Dumalag towns in Capiz.