By Aaron Recuenco
The Philippine National Police (PNP) is now on guard against bitter losers in the barangay elections who might inflict harm on the winning candidates out of desperation or as a result of intense rivalry.
PNP spokesman Chief Supt. John Bulalacao said that while the election is already over and almost all winners were proclaimed, all police forces remain on alert for the entire duration of the election period.
“There is no record of uptrend of election violence after the electionday but we will remain on alert because of the possibility of violence between winners and their supporters and losing candidates and their supporters,” Bulalacao said.
More than 35 people were reported killed since the start of election period on April 14 but in some cases, several other election-related incidents occur after the electionday.
In Palawan for instance, a candidate for barangay councilor who was just proclaimed to have won the seventh slot of the council of Barangay Culandanum in Bataraza town was shot on his way home.
Supt. Imelda Tolentino, spokesperson of the MIMAROPA regional police, said victim Vsicay Pillar was on board a motorcycle when he was shot at around 5:30 a.m. yesterday in the mountainous area of the barangay.
“He was hit on the left leg and is now on stable condition,” Tolentino said.
The PNP leadership is currently collating all the records of election-related violent incidents across the country.