Police tag 7 towns, a city in Pangasinan as areas of concern for May polls

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DAGUPAN CITY – The Pangasinan Police Provincial Office (PPPO) has identified seven towns and a city in Pangasinan as potential hot spots in connection with the May 13 elections.

Lopez said these areas were identified because of intense political rivalries and due to previous election-related violent incidents recorded there. 

“Hindi ito magulo. Tinawag na areas of concern para mabantayan namin sila para hindi na magkaroon ng mga pangyayari na gaya noon sa mga nakalipas,” he said. 

Meanwhile, Chief Superintendent Romulo Sapitula, regional director of Police Regional Office 1, said he directed all chiefs of police to consider all towns and cities in the entire region as areas of concern so all police personnel are extra vigilant this election period. 

He added that personnel from the Regional Mobile Force Battalion were already deployed to the 12 political districts in Region I as reinforcement. 

Sapitula, who attended the unity walk, interfaith prayer rally and peace covenant signing held at the PPPO in Lingayen town on Sunday, said at least 90 percent of all the candidates in the Ilocos Region attended the activity which was simultaneously conducted nationwide.  

“Dito natin makikita na lahat sila ay hangarin ang mapayapang halalan. Ini-expect natin na sumunod sila sa kanilang sinumpaan kasi dapat ang isang kandidato ay may isang salita. Kapag pumirma ka at nanumpa ka sa isang covenant, dapat sundin mo,” he said. (PIA Pangasinan)