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PNP Classifies 701 Election 2019 “Hotspots” in PH

ELECTION 2019 – The Philippine National Police (PNP) classified the 701 places that are tagged as “hotspots” in the upcoming political bid in the Philippines.

The Election 2019 is fast-approaching. Currently, it is less than four(4) months away and the preparation for both the national and the local political bids have started.

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has previously released the final list of senatorial candidates in the upcoming bid. A total of 63 names were included in the final list.

In the local government level, a lot of re-electionists and political aspirants have also filed their certificate of candidacies during the filing period. Currently, the authorities are gearing up for the upcoming bid.


Based on a report on Radyo Inquirer, the Philippine National Police (PNP) has tagged 701 areas in the Philippines as election 2019 “hotspots” meaning these places are areas of concern due to threats.

According to PNP Director General Oscar Albayalde, the number of areas of concern is 42.9% of the 1, 324 cities and municipalities in the country. Thus, changes in police deployment may be considered.

PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde
Photo Courtesy of Noy Morcoso / INQUIRER

The PNP classified the 701 election 2019 “hotspots” in the Philippines. Based on the report, the following is the breakdown of classifications:

  • Yellow (Areas of Concern) – 223
  • Orange (Immediate Concern) – 382
  • Red (“Grave Concern”) – 94

Based on the report, with regards to the areas belonging in the Red category, some are from the ARMM, 19 from the Bicol region, seven (7) each from Western Mindanao and CALABARZON, and six(6) each from Western Visayas and MIMAROPA.

According to the authorities, the areas under the Yellow category are those wherein incidents related to election have happened before while those that are under the Orange category are places wherein there are serious threats from certain groups.

The Red category is a combination of the Yellow and the Orange categories.

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