Rebel groups out to disrupt May 10 polls, says PNP
Posted by akosistella on March 25, 2010
MANILA, Philippines—Abu Sayyaf terrorists and other rebel groups are plotting to carry out bombings, kidnappings and other illegal activities to disrupt the May 10 elections, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Tuesday.
Chief Supt. Noel Manabat, PNP deputy intelligence chief, said an Abu Sayyaf cell led by a certain Abu Benhur was poised to undertake the attacks.
Speaking at the security conference with military and election officials at Camp Crame, Manabat also raised the possibility that the bandit group and leaders of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front might support some candidates.
Widespread poll failure ‘pure fantasy,’ says Melo
TACLOBAN CITY—Local hiccups, maybe. Widespread breakdown, no way.
Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chair Jose Melo on Tuesday dismissed as “pure fantasy” fears of a failure of the country’s first nationwide automated elections.
In a meeting here with officials of the military, police and the Comelec in Eastern Visayas, Melo admitted glitches could occur but that he did not expect these to happen on a large scale and affect the outcome of the May 10 balloting.