San Carlos City, Agno likely to be tagged hot spots in Pangasinan

November 12, 2009 9:32 pm 

By Leonardo V. Micua

DAGUPAN CITY, Nov. 13 — Two places in Pangasinan are likely to be placed under the tight watch of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Senior Supt. Percival Barba, police provincial director, said past violence that happened in San Carlos City and Agno town made them as the leading places in Pangasinan to be tagged as areas of immediate concern.

Speaking on Thursday before the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkasters sa Pilipinas here, Barba said that they already have a list of places they will recommend to be placed under the classification of areas of immediate concern.

But he said it is not yet time to bare the list as there might be some changes that may arise along the way.

According to Barba, places that have a history of political violence, especially during elections are likely to be placed under the tight watch of the Comelec and PNP.

Shot and killed in San Carlos City less than two weeks before the 2007 election were Mayor Julian Resuello and his bodyguard, with several other persons wounded.

Agno Mayor Arthur Cabantac was shot and killed few weeks after he took over the reins of the town.

Barba said the police provincial directors are proposing a total gun ban with no exemption.

The gun ban will take effect as soon as the election period starts in January next year, although the filing of certificates of candidacy is set from November 20 to December 1 this year.

“If no person is allowed to carry firearms, except uniformed personnel of the PNP and the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines), it would be a big boost to peace,” he said.

Barba said PNP's higher officials are set to recommend to the Comelec to limit to one or two the number of PNP securities assigned to candidates.

He said the general firearms amnesty extended by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo from its original date on August 1 to October 31 this year is one of the preparations being done by the police to ensure a peaceful May 2010 election. (PNA)

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