As the village (barangay) and youth council (Sangguniang Kabataan) election nears, 5,744 villages are included in the election watchlist of the Philippine National Police.
The PNP released the election watchlist on April 13, almost a month before the elections on May 14.
According to C/Supt. John Bulalacao, spokesperson of the PNP, inclusion on the list is based on the presence of five factors: intense political rivalry, the presence of private armed groups, activities of criminal gangs, proliferation of loose firearms, and the activities of threat group, particularly armed rebels.
From the said number, 1,258 villages are in the Bicol region, 832 villages are in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, and 504 are in the Central Luzon.
Meanwhile, 2,025 villages are placed under category 1 (areas with three of the five factors), 3,348 villages are under category 2 (areas with four of the five factors), and 271 villages are under category 3 (areas where all five factors are present).