MANILA- The Philippine National Police (PNP) said Wednesday it will focus on quashing private armed groups in the country in preparation for the upcoming midterm elections.
PNP spokesperson, Chief Supt. Benigno Durana said the move comes to prevent the use of private armed groups and "gun-for-hire" groups for election-related violence.
At present, the PNP is monitoring 77 private armed groups which have around 2,000 members, Durana said.
Majority of these groups can be found in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, one of the usual election hotspots or areas where there is a history of election-related offenses.
The PNP earlier said they are monitoring at least 7,000 election hotspots due to its history of election violence.
-report from Zhander Cayabyab, ABS-CBN News