By Aaron Recuenco
The Philippine National Police (PNP) has recorded 20 deaths related to the midterm elections this year, based on the 43 attacks recorded since the campaign period started on January.
PNP chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde said the figure was still 60 percent lower compared to the 106 election-related incidents recorded in the 2016 presidential polls.
The figure on election-related deaths still do not include those that could come on election day, or what the PNP refers to as pre-election violent incidents.
Based on the PNP data, a total of 40 people died during the pre-election period for the 2016 elections while 40 during the pre-election period of 2013.
The PNP is still monitoring and consolidating the data for the 2019 election day.
As of Monday, an explosion was already recorded in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao, while pockets of petty violence were recorded in some polling precincts in Mindanao.
The PNP data also disclosed that a total 23 election-related violent incidents were recorded on election day of 2016, while eight incidents were both recorded on election day of 2013 and 2010.