Kontra Daya sends team to Lanao del Sur

May. 25, 2007

MANILA — Election watchdog Kontra Daya has sent a team to Lanao del Sur to observe the special elections on Saturday.

Led by Emmie de Jesus, secretary general of Gabriela, the six-man team has left for Lanao del Sur early morning, Friday. Atty. Nitz Mahinay will serve as the teams legal counsel.

Fr. Joe Dizon, Kontra Daya spokesperson said, As operators of electoral fraud are all set to manipulate the outcome of the special elections, all eyes are on Lanao del Sur. We fervently hope that the peoples vigilance will reduce, if not thwart, these evil plans.

Dizon slammed the deployment of four Army battalions and almost two battalions of policemen to Lanao del Sur purportedly to ensure the smooth operations of the elections.

Elections Commissioner Rene Sarmiento announced that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will play the lead role, supported by the Philippine National Police.

Dizon said, Elements of the AFP will not guard the peoples votes. They are there to terrorize the people. He said that Kontra Daya received various complaints from voters regarding military and police harassment in different parts of the country before, during and after the May 14 elections. He cited the cases of harassment in Quezon, Laguna, Cebu, Batangas.

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