The Army will keep a close watch on 90 hinterland barangays in Negros Occidental during the October 28 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections, Col. Jon Aying, 303rd Infantry Brigade Commander, said yesterday.
Aying said the 90 barangays are considered Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-affected.
Of the 90, less than one third are highly affected by the rebels, he added.
The rebel-affected barangays are mostly in the first, fifth and sixth districts, Aying said.
The Army will deploy additional forces in such areas, although the police will field representatives in every voting barangay, he said.
COMELEC chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. said the filing of Certificates of Candidacy for the 2013 Barangay and SK elections will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct 11, 12, 14, 15, 16 and 17.
Aying said they expect the rebels to field candidates in some areas.*CPG