The town of Calinog in Iloilo province has been identified as an “area of grave concern” in the midterm elections on May 13, 2019.
Superintendent Joem Malong, Police Regional Office (PRO-6) spokesperson, said of the 46 towns in Western Visayas declared as election hotspots, only Calinog was placed under the Red category.
Thirty-nine areas in the region were under the Orange category or “areas of immediate concern” and six were under the Yellow category or “areas of concern.”
According to the Philippine National Police (PNP), Yellow hotspots are “areas with a history of violent incidents, recorded violent incidents this election, intense political rivalry, previously placed under Commission on Elections control and presence of private armed groups.”
Orange hotspots are “are those with any of the factors in the yellow category but also have the presence of threat groups such as the New People’s Army, Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, and Abu Sayyaf Group, among others.”
Red hotspots are “areas that exhibit the combined factors under the yellow and orange categories, such that it may warrant the motu proprio (on its own) declaration of Comelec control.”
Malong said the inclusion of Calinog in the Red category was due to the shooting incident that transpired in Barangay Alibunan on May 8, 2016.
“It was considered as an election-related incident (ERI).”
Calinog, according to Malong, is also identified as an “insurgency area.”IMT