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57 municipalities under COMELEC watchlist in Eastern Visayas

By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
May 11, 2007

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte  –  Philippine National Police 8 Regional Director Eliseo dela Paz and Commission on Elections 8 Assistant Regional Director Jose Nick Mendros revealed that there are 57 municipalities in Region 8 which are now being closely monitored in connection with the forthcoming synchronized national and local elections on May 14.

Both General dela Paz and ARD Mendros were guests during the Panindugan television program of PIA Thursday, the episode of which was Election Issues.

General dela Paz said there is a difference between areas placed under COMELEC control, areas of immediate concern and areas of concern.

ARD Mendros said that when a certain area like the province of Abra is declared by COMELEC en banc to be under COMELEC control, the COMELEC takes over the civilian government and all the transactions and management is place under COMELEC. Before an area is place under COMELEC control, there are certain requirements which must be present in the area like the presence of armed groups, lawlessness and a history of election violence in the past elections.

An immediate area of concern is short of being under COMELEC control, Director Mendros said.  An area of concern means there are certain happenings which makes the area under the watchlist.

There is no area in the Region which is under COMELEC control, the guests said.

Director Mendros said that it is the Philippine National Police which recommends a certain place to be under the watchlist because of some existing conditions.

General dela Paz said that there are 17 election areas of immediate concern in the Region, five in Samar, six in Northern Samar, two in Eastern Samar and four in Leyte. The specific areas are Daram, Calbayog City, Gandara, San Jorge and Tagapul-an, all in Samar; Lavazares, Bobon, Lope de Vega, Mapanas, San Isidro and Silvino Lobos in Northern Samar; Oras and Sulat in Eastern Samar; and Ormoc City, Jaro, Albuera and Kanaga in the province of Leyte.

The 40 election areas of concern in Region 8 are 15 municipalities, Catbalogan, Paranas, Matuguinao, Pinabacdao, Hinabangan, Marabut, Motiong, Jiabong, San Jose de Buan, Calbiga, San Sebastian, Basey, Sta. Rita, Villareal and Zumarraga in the province of Samar. There are 8 municipalities in the province of Northern Samar which are election areas of concern, namely, San Roque, Catarman, Catubig, Gamay, Lapinig, Victoria, Pambujan and Las Navas.

In the province of Eastern Samar, 8 municipalities are included in the election watchlist. These are the municipalities Borongan, Jipapad, San Policarpo, Taft, Quinapondan, General MacArthur and Llorente.

The province of Leyte has 8 municipalities which are areas of concern and these are the municipalities of Mayorga, Merida, Palompon, San Isidro, Abuyog, Hindang, Dagami and Leyte town.

The municipality of Hinunangan and the City of Maasin in the province of Southern Leyte are included in the election area of concern.