MARAWI CITY (MindaNews/13 May) – The military here said Monday’s elections in Lanao del Sur were generally peaceful, adding that martial law may be the main reason behind it.
Col. Romeo Brawner Jr., commander of the Army’s 103rd Infantry Brigade overseeing the province, said that as of 3 p.m.
“We can attribute this to martial law. We can implement the gun ban better, especially among the candidates and their bodyguards,” he said.
Brawner said that residents are also aware that in recent polls – like in the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, and also during the plebiscite for the Bangsamoro organic law – violators were apprehended immediately and turned over to the police.
He said one was killed in the municipality of Lumbatan before noon when armed men fired and killed Lailanei Batara as the latter was driving his motorcycle along the highway. “It was not election related. Apparently there’s a long-standing feud,” Brawner told reporters.
He said another was wounded in a strafing incident in Tubaran town also in the morning, but the victim is now stable.
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