MANILA - The first day of the campaign period for barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections was generally peaceful, Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson Chief Supt. John Bulalacao said Saturday.
"No significant election campaign-related incident [was] recorded," Bulalacao said in a statement.
The PNP spokesperson said all security forces have been placed on alert, especially in election hotspots.
"To maintain this favorable situation, the PNP continuously monitors the barangays categorized as hotspots or those where violence are likely to occur due to intense political rivalry with history of violence and presence of armed and threat groups," he said.
The campaign period for the barangay and SK polls will run until May 12, while the elections will be held on May 14.