‘Grave’ poll hot spots increase to 570

With the entire Mindanao region already declared by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) a Red election area "of grave concern," the number of areas placed under the highest category of poll hot spots has jumped from only 94 last month nationwide to 570. At a press briefing in Camp Crame, Quezon City, on Monday, Philippine National Police Director General Oscar Albayalde said that of the 941 election hot spots under various categories nationwide, only two --- Cotabato City and Daraga town in Albay province --- had been placed under Comelec control. The Comelec last week decided to place 454 towns and cities in 27 provinces in Mindanao as "areas of grave concern." It also reduce...

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