Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Antique to declare 5 towns election ‘hotspots’

From Panay News (Apr 3, 2019): Antique to declare 5 towns election ‘hotspots’

SAN JOSE, Antique –The Provincial Joint Security Coordinating Center (PJSCC) has recommended five additional towns categorized as election “hotspots” in the province.

“The five towns are Culasi, Hamtic, Sebaste, Sibalom, and Valderrama,” said Antique Provincial Police Office deputy director for operations Lieutenant Colonel Norby Escobar on Tuesday.

Escobar said these five towns are infested with New People’s Army (NPA) rebels.

The recommendation was submitted by the PJSCC to its regional office about two weeks ago and still waits for approval.

“The PJSCC’s recommendation will be approved by its regional and national offices,” said Escobar.

Placing the five towns under election hotspot will serve as basis for the deployment of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), especially in hinterland areas.

“As of now, there is only one hotspot, which is San Remigio,” he said.

He said that San Remigio was the first town to be recommended by the PJSCC months ago to be categorized as election hotspot because of the presence of the NPA.

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