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14 Jan 2019 | 01:30 PM UTC

Philippines: Increased number of checkpoints ahead of May 13 elections

Philippines News Alert

Police sets up checkpoints in strategic locations on January 13 ahead of the elections period; remain vigilant

TIMEFRAME expected from 1/14/2019, 12:00 AM until 1/14/2019, 11:59 PM (UTC). COUNTRY/REGION Philippines

Event

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.

Context

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.

Advice

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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