135 of Bukidnon’s 464 villages in PNP watch list

MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News/27 October)The  Bukidnon Police Provincial Office (BPPO) has identified 135 polling centers out of 464 barangays in the province considered under Election Watch list Areas (Ewas) for the coming barangay elections.

Police Chief Inspector Edwin Mondalo, BPPO operations and plans branch chief, said as of October 21 they closely monitored the cited areas of concern.

Mondalo said the presence of the New People’s Army (NPA), criminal groups, intense political rivalry, and land conflict of the list. He added that more areas could be added in the list. 

The list, mostly attributed to NPA presence at 121 polling places; also include 10 areas “having the presence of criminal groups,” “two with intense political rivalry,” “one for land conflict,” and “one for Muslim dominated area.”

Five villages from Baungon town made it in the list because of the presence of the criminal groups namely barangays San Vicente, Balintad, Mabunga, Mabuhay and Lacolac.

Barangays Dominorog in Talakag town and San Roque, Bayabason, Tubigon and Base Camp  all in Maramag town were also listed in the same category.

Barangays Sta. Inez in Malitbog town and Don Jose (Public) in Kalilangan town were listed in areas “with intense political rivalry”. Notably, Mondalo said Barangay Barorawon in Kalilangan was listed under “Muslim-dominated area,” which is “influenced by a separatist group specifically Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).”

The villages listed under “with presence of the NPA” in the first district include Capehan and Sil-ipon in Libona town; Kiabo, Sumalsag, Como-como and Siloo in Malitbog town; Guilang-guilang, Santiago, Dahilayan, Kalugmanan, Sitio Abyawan in Barangay Dalirig and Sitio Impakibel in Barangay Maluko in Manolo Fortich town; Puntian, Ocasion, Lupiagan and Licoan in Sumilao town; Sagaran, Lirungan, Baylanan, Dagundalahon, Cosina and Miarayon in Talakag town.

In the second district  the list includes Barangays Iba, Canangaan, Mandahican and Paradise in Cabanglasan town; Hagpa, Kalabugao, Dumalaguing, La Fortuna, Kibenton, Bulonay and Bontongon in Impasug-ong town; Victory, Songco, Alanib, Kaatuan, Basak and Capitan Juan in Lantapan town; Bonacao, Bulalang, Cabuling, Cayaga, Dao, Durian, Halapitan, Iglugsad, Kawayan, Kalagangan, Kibongkog, Little Baguio, Mabuhay, Magkalungay, Matupe, Nakabuklad, Namnam, Palacpacan, San Jose and Sto. Domingo in San Fernando town; and Busdi, Manalog, Kulaman, St. Peter, Kibalabag, Patpat, Dalwangan, Zamboanguita, Mapulo, Indalasa, Imbayao, Mapayag, Canayan and Silae in Malaybalay City.

In the third district the list includes Barangays Husayan in Kadingilan town; Tumaras, Bukang Liwayway, Pinamula, Mascarinas, Sanipon, Natulongan, Magsaysay, Sampaguita and Kisawa in Kibawe town; Bershiba, Balangigay, East Dalurong, Kitobo, Sinuda, West Dalurong, White Kulaman, Pagan, Kalapaton, Sagundanon, Cabalantian, Kiuulom, Panganan, Digongan and Kahusayan in Kitaotao town; Cawayan, C-Handumanan, Kipaypayon, Linabo, Lipa, Lumintao, Magsaysay, Minsamongan, Palacapao, Paitan, Sta. Felomina, San Isidro and San Roque in Quezon town.

In the fourth district the “with presence of NPA” list includes Barangays Gandingan and Adtuyon in Pangantucan; and Conception, Banlag, Tongan-tongan, Dagat K-Davao, Lilingayon and Laligan in Valencia City.

One barangay in Don Carlos town, Maray-maray, was included in the list because of “land conflict”. No villages were listed in the towns of Damulog and Dangcagan. 

Mondalo added that they already informed the Board of Election Inspectors and Commission on Elections (Comelec) officers in the province. (Contributed to Bukidnon News by Mel B. Madera)