Negros politicians warned
vs. using armed groups
BY GILBERT BAYORAN
Acting Provincial Comelec Supervisor Wil Arceno yesterday warned candidates in Negros Occidental, who may enlist the services of partisan armed groups in the May 13 elections, that such act is prohibited by law.
Arceno, who presided over the joint conference of election officers, and PNP and Army officials in Negros Occidental yesterday, said themaintenance of partisan armed groups (PAGs) whether during the election period or not, is illegal.
An election offense, including intimidation of voters and violation of the Comelec gun ban, is punishable by one to six years imprisonment, without probation, he said.