MANDALUYONG City Mayor Carmencita Abalos has called on the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to remove Mandaluyong City from the list of election “hot spots” owing to the relatively stable peace and order situation in the city.
Abalos earlier questioned the Philippine National Police-National Capital Region Police Office for including Mandaluyong City in the list as to what was their basis in placing the city in their list of election “hot spots’.
“Nagtataka kami bakit nilagay kami sa hot spot, wala ako kalaban mula sa mayor hanggang konsehal, kung baka sa amin tapos na ang election. Saan galing o ano ang basehan ng PNP-NCRPO na ilagay sa hotspots. Kawawa naman kami,” Abalos told media during an interview at her office recently.
PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde said Manila has been included in the “hot spots” list as a “yellow area” or an “area of concern” along with Caloocan, Malabon, Mandaluyong, and Pasay cities.
Metro Manila is among the 701 election hot spots nationwide.
Aside from yellow areas, other areas were categorized as “orange area” or areas of immediate concern, and “red area” or areas of grave concern. This was due to recent election-related violence that occurred in those areas.
Mandaluyong Police chief Senior Supt. Moises Villaceran, Jr. said the 2013 incident can be considered as isolated since it happened during barangay elections two individuals (a candidate and an employee of Mandaluyong City Hall) having a single misunderstanding.
Abalos said the Comelec should immediately remove the Mandaluyong City as an election hot spot before the start of the election since it might create fear in people who are not residents of Mandaluyong City.