From the Philippine News Agency (Oct 14): PNP, AFP admit to initial hotspots, areas of concerns for 2016 polls
TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur – Though the holding of 2016 polls is still far ahead, both the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) here have admitted to an initial list of hotspots or areas of concerns.
P/SSupt. Narciso Verdadero said critical areas had been started to be marked off but preferred to keep it still under wraps lest action to this effect would pre-empt the final one.
For his part, Col. Isidro Purisima, 402nd Infantry Brigade commander of the Philippine Army (PA) here, said hotspots could be found in some municipalities in the northern, central, and southern part of the province, including the Andap Valley Complex where the 3,000 evacuees who had been taking shelter at the Surigao del Sur Sports Center since September 1 came.
Meanwhile, both high ranking officials agreed that “permit to campaign fees” imposed by the New People’s Army (NPA) on candidates had formed part of the electoral exercise here, something that had to be prevented.
Moreover, classification of hotly contested areas would depend on the final list of candidates, it was learned.