MANILA, Philippines – Philippine officials say despite scattered killings and fears of fraud, congressional and local elections on Monday are expected to be relatively peaceful after authorities took drastic steps to prevent any chaos.
Philippine military spokesman Brig. Gen. Domingo Tutaan says the 120,000-strong armed forces and the police are on full alert and are ready to deal with any emergencies. Army troops dropped leaflets from helicopters calling for peaceful elections in Masbate province, one of several potential hotspots with a history of poll violence.
Election officials ordered a ban on bank withdrawals of more than 100,000 pesos ($2,440) and the transportation of more than 500,000 pesos ($12,200) for six days to curb vote-buying, but the Supreme Court stopped the move.