Authorities have identified a total of 251 election hotspots in Davao Region for the upcoming barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan polls this month.
Of the total, 10 are in Category 1 while 241 are in Category 2. Category 1 are those that have past recorded intense political rivalries and where private armed groups could be hired.
Category 2 areas meanwhile are those with serious threat from armed groups like the New People’s Army and other lawless armed groups.
Of the five provinces in the region, Compostela Valley has the most number of election watchlist areas ( EWAs) with 68 all under Category 2.
Davao City comes next with 55 EWAs, majority of which are in Category 2 as well.
In third is Davao del Norte with 50, Davao del Sur with 39, Davao Oriental with 27 and Davao Occidental with 3.
The number of EWAs this year has increased from a previous 230 in the last 2016 election.