THE Philippine National Police (PNP) arrested 244 persons involved in vote buying and selling in separate police operations nationwide.
This was confirmed yesterday by PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde.
The PNP National Election Monitoring Action Center (NEMAC), as of 12:00 pm on Monday recorded a total of 100 incidents with 244 violators.
Of these, 234 were arrested and 10 remain at large.
Meanwhile, a total of 43 incidents of election-related violence were recorded, with 20 killed and 24 injured.
The PNP has also recorded 374 incidents of liquor ban violations with 920 apprehensions.
Meanwhile, the PNP said based on initial investigation, the three blasts that rocked Cotabato City and Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao are not related to the polls,
Albayalde said that all these incidents happened away from the polling places.
He added that on Monday morning they also received a report of a shooting incident outside a polling place at Panglima Estino, Sulu that resulted in the wounding of five civilians and the burning of two civilian vehicles.
He identified the wounded persons as Asiri Sadjaani, 65; Ibno Sahipa, 64; Barre Abih, 46; Omal Hasan, 57; and Nadzra Munib, 41.
“The situation is under control and investigation is ongoing to identify the suspects. Our present level of operational readiness and vigilance will be maintained until the election process is completed,” Albayalde stressed.