Twin blasts rock Cotabato City, Maguindanao ahead of midterm vote

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 13 2019 06:44 AM | Updated as of May 13 2019 07:50 AM

MANILA - Two explosions rocked the southern city of Cotabato and neighboring Maguindanao province hours before polls opened for Monday's midterm polls. 

A 40 mm grenade ripped through a children's park outside the city hall in Barangay Mother Rosary Heights, Cotabato City around 10 p.m. Sunday, police said. 

Around 1 a.m. Monday, a fragmentation grenade exploded near the municipal hall in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao. 

No one was injured in both incidents. 

Electoral contests in the Philippines have always been bloody, with dozens, including candidates and their supporters, getting killed in the fierce competition for posts that are a source of wealth in a nation with deep poverty.

Police are on full alert to safeguard Monday's balloting as the bloody trend continued this year, with 14 dead and 14 wounded in "election-related violent incidents" since January. 

With report from Lore Mae Andong, ABS-CBN News; Agence France-Presse