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Total gun ban in Davao Sur; more troops eyed

May 24, 2007

Anyone brandishing a firearm and is not a member of the armed forces or of the police will be arrested,” Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who chairs the Regional Peace and Order Council, said today. “And if that someone is a bodyguard of a politician, the politician will be arrested as well, he said. This is how we will do it, we just have to be really firm in applying the law and protecting the people.

In ComVal, ‘kamang’ rules as military turns partisan

May 23, 2007

A soldier peers into the vehicle of foreign observers en route to Compostela Valley on Election Day. (Cheryll Fiel) Slideshow

Apart from the vote buying and harassments by candidates and their henchmen, the heavy presence of the military dominated the atmosphere in Compostela Valley before and during the elections. The soldiers were supposedly sent to the province to augment the police and keep the peace but, according to officials and residents, the military was directly involved in incidents of intimidating or harassing voters and vilifying partylist groups.