27 shooting incidents noted in Pangasinan since start of election period

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan — At least 27 shooting incidents were recorded in Pangasinan since the election period started but none of these was classified as election-related.

This was bared by Supt. Jackie Candelario, deputy police provincial director for operations, who said some if not most of these shooting incidents stemmed from personal grudges and had nothing to do with the coming elections.

Nevertheless, he said, the police have intensified their checkpoint operations and every police station is now required to conduct six checkpoints daily, from only four in the past.

Candelario admitted there are 20 towns and cities that were declared as election watchlist areas (EWAs) and five of these will be given special attention by the police. These are Bayambang, San Carlos City, Malasiqui, Urbiztondo and Bugallon.

These five towns not only have history of political violence that happened in the 2010 and 2013 elections but their candidates were described as having keen political political rivalries.

Pangasinan was among the provinces placed by the police under its election watch list or hotspots because of perceived hot political rivalries, particularly among the Espino and Cojuangco families, pitted against each other in the provincial election as well as in the fifth district of Pangasinan. PNA/northboundasia.com