Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Intense Political Rivalry in Leyte

San Miguel, Leyte is peaceful despite the declaration of the Philippine National Police (PNP) placing the town under category 1 election watchlist area, said municipal police chief.

Areas under Category I are those considered having a possibility of occurrence of political violence due to the intense political rivalry and presence of communist groups.

Other towns in the province of Leyte under Category 1 are the towns of Bato, Inopacan, Kananga, Matag-ob and Tabango.

"Maybe their basis was the previous election, but as of this moment we have not received any intelligence report that there are presence of insurgents seen in barangays of this town," said Police Senior Inspector Rey Cabilen.

San Miguel town is a 5th class municipality with 21 barangays with a voting population of 11,488 , according to the local Commission on Elections Comelec)office.

"Our peace situation is still manageable and we have strong link with the Barangay Intelligence Network that gives us information if they monitor irregular activities in their area," Cabilen added.

The police chief added that they also have strong coordination with the elements of the 19th Infantry Battalion regularly conducts security operations in their town.

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