PNP: 20 killed ahead of SK, barangay polls

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 5) — Twenty people have been killed ahead of the May 14 Sangguniang Kabataan and barangay elections, according to the Philippine National Police (PNP).

PNP reported a total of 26 cases of suspected election-related violence from April 14 to May 1.

Data from PNP showed that 12 fatalities were recorded in Mindanao and four each in Luzon and Visayas.

According to the police, 12 of them were incumbent barangay officials, two were running for barangay captain, and six were civilians.

Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Rowena Guanzon previously tweeted the breakdown of elections hotspots in the country.

 

According to the breakdown, the PNP classified 597 areas in the country as red hotspots, 4,970 as orange hotspots, and 2,071 as yellow hotspots.

The "red spots" refer to areas which are in "critical situation."

Those under orange have "presence of armed groups and "organized movements outside the law."

"Yellow spots" meanwhile refer to places "with history of political unrest."

The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has been marked as the region with the most election hotspots classified under red (438) and orange (823) areas.