Poll violence down 40% compared to 2010: Comelec

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 26 2013 04:23 PM | Updated as of Apr 27 2013 12:23 AM

MANILA - The number of election related violent incidents for the 2013 elections is still 40% less than the figures from the 2010 national elections, Commission on Elections Chairman Sixto Brillantes said Friday.

The poll chief declined to give more details.

As this developed, he confirmed the poll body is considering designating Bacoor, Cavite and Nunungan, Lanao del Norte as areas of immediate concern.

This, after the Comelec declared Gingoog, Misamis Oriental an area of immediate concern following the ambush on the convoy of Mayor Ruthie Guingona by separatist rebels.

There were separate ambush incidents in Bacoor and Lanao yesterday.

Brillantes said the poll body looks into violent incidents in coordination with the Armed Forces and Philippine National Police for possible designation as areas of concern.

He criticized the media for the coverage of election-related incidents, which he believed made it appear that the entire country is chaotic.

The levels of concern are as follows: areas of concern, immediate concern, grave concern and finally, Comelec control.

Meantime, Brillantes said the poll body has given the Department of Transportation and Communications an exemption from the appointments ban to facilitate the appointment of a replacement to Al Parreno, the former LTFRB board member designated Comelec commissioner.

Brillantes expects Parreno to assume his new post as Comelec commissioner next week.