On Sunday, January 13, police personnel started to set up checkpoints in strategic locations acorss the country as the election period for the May 13 national and local midterm elections is starting. The 150-day election period, which officially began on January 13, is expected to end on June 12. Carrying or transporting firearms and deadly weapons are prohibited during this period, as well as employing private bodyguards.
According to the authorities, settting up checkpoints will likely help intercept guns, explosives, and other instruments of violence, which may have negative impacts on the holding of peaceful, credible, and fair midterm elections. Several election-related killings occurred in the past months.
Individuals present in Philippines are advised to adhere to any instructions issued by local authorities and to avoid political gatherings, rallies, and protests.
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