15 foreign observers to monitor May 9 elections


Members of the Compact for Peaceful and Democratic Elections (COMPACT) launch the 2016 International Observers Mission (IOM), in an effort to ensure free, peaceful and fair elections in Quezon City, Friday. Manny Palmero, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Fifteen foreign observers will be deployed to four areas in the Philippines starting Saturday to monitor the conduct of the May 9 elections.

The observers are from the US, Germany, Sweden and Japan. They will be divided into four groups and will be sent to the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Bohol, Dinagat Islands and Santiago in Isabela.

According to Arnold Tarrobago, national coordinator of the Compact for Peaceful and Democratic Elections (COMPACT) - International Observer Mission (IOM), the areas were chosen based on history of election-related evidence, and presence of political clans and private armies.

Also present in the areas are local civil society groups which will accompany the international observers in monitoring the elections.

The foreign observers will stay in their respective areas for four days. They will return to Manila on May 11 and submit a report to the Commission on Elections (Comelec). - Report from Robert Mano, dzMM