Latest News:  


Early preparation key to less election-related violence: Philippine official


18:47, May 20, 2013

MANILA, May 20 (Xinhua) -- Election-related violence in the Philippines during this year's mid-term polls declined compared to those recorded in previous years due to the early preparation of concerned government agencies, a senior government official said Monday.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas said the Philippine National Police (PNP) recorded 90 election-related violent incidents from Jan. 13 to May 13, compared to 135 in 2010 and 178 in 2007 covering the same period. The Philippines held local and national elections in 2007 and 2010.

"One of the factors that contributed to the peaceful, orderly conduct of the polls is the early preparation undertaken by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and PNP, which launched Task Force SAFE 2013 or Secure and Fair Elections in November last year," said Roxas.

From Jan. 13 to May 13, he said police reported neutralizing 109 members of private armed groups (PAG). The number was on top of the 113 PAG members already neutralized from June 2012 to Jan. 12 this year.

The PNP also recovered 377 firearms from private armed groups from June 2012 to May 14, 2013, he said.

The police confiscated a total of 8,306 firearms from June 2012 to May 14, 2013, with 3,190 netted during the gun-ban period.

We recommend:

New Dutch King Willem-Alexander sworn in

See the remarkable photos of April

May Day protests around the globle

People rally to urge immigration policy

Greek Orthodox Patriarch's washing of feet ceremony

101.73-carat diamond to be auctioned in Geneva

Email|Print|Comments(Editor:WangLili、Yao Chun)

Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name


Selections for you

  1. Russian warships enter Mediterranean

  2. Fighters in air confrontation training

  3. Pakistan re-polls after election fraud claims

  4. Rainfall pushes up water level of Ganjiang

  5. 'Spiderman' scales highest outdoor elevator

  6. Graffiti designed by students in Nanchang

  7. Stevie Wonder advocates for disabled

  8. Highlights of FINA Diving World Series

  9. 2013 Youth Designers' Exhibition (YODEX) in Taipei

  10. 11th China Animal Husbandry Expo opens

Most Popular


  1. Chinese premier's India trip to evince Beijing's unwavering pursuit of better ties
  2. AP probe embodies tension between US govt, media
  3. Protectionism no painkiller for Europe
  4. Culture key to sustainable development
  5. Ten white papers, road to human rights protection
  6. Teen's tragedy reveals child abuse problems
  7. People with depression show disrupted brain 'clock'
  8. iPad obsession hurting child's development
  9. Positive signs in Europe hard won
  10. Who do psychiatrists turn to for therapy?

What’s happening in China

Death toll from E. China plant blast hits 12

  1. Focus: Penalty for making fake bomb threats
  2. Men compensated after wrongly imprisoned 10 yrs
  3. Palace gets tough on smoking
  4. China's first plateau subway opens in Kunming
  5. Top restaurants find new rules hard to stomach