CAMP VICENTE LIM, Canlubang, Laguna – Top official of PNP (Philippine National Police) under Police Regional Director PBGen. Antonio Yarra has announced the 23 areas in the Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) to be identified as “election of concern” or commonly known as “hot spot” following the launching of “police at your service” attended by Provincial Directors yesterday morning.
BGen. Yarra said that the region has a total of 142 cities and municipalities, 23 in Cavite, 30 in Laguna, 34 and 14 in Batangas and Rizal, while in 41 in Quezon province.
Yarra said that out of these cities and municipalities, 23 are in the Yellow category, 112 are in Green, and seven are in Orange.
He added that the yellow, have five cities composed of 11 in Batangas, 3 in Cavite, 2 in Quezon Province, one in both Laguna and Rizal.
He also said that the PNP has adopted a color-coding scheme to identify poll hot spots.
Yarra added that those in under orange category or areas of immediate concern have a combination of two or more factors; yellow category aside from serious armed threat posed by rebel groups; while under red category or areas of grave concern are those with a record of violent incidents, intense political rivalry and armed threats posed by local terrorist groups.
“Although, We have not received any threats from any criminals, terrorist, and private armed groups and individuals.
On the eve of starting of local campaign, they are conducting intensified Comelec checkpoints across the region in line with the Comelec (Commission on Elections) Resolution 10741.
Batangas Police Director Col. Glicerio Cansilao said Nasugbu, Lian, Tuy, Balayan, Calatagan, Calaca, Lemery, and Taal towns were among those placed under the yellow category.
Quezon Police Director Col. Joel Villanueva, said Infanta and Mulanay were among municipalities placed under the yellow category while Gen. Nakar, Lopez, Catanauan, and Gen. Luna.
Laguna Police Director Col. Cecilio Ison said Biñan was placed in yellow category.