MANILA, May 10, 2016— A volunteer of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting was killed in a predawn ambush in Pagadian City Tuesday.
Henrietta de Villa, PPCRV national chairperson, identified the victim as Adela Elmida who was reportedly killed by unidentified assailants at about 4:00 a.m. while on her way to a local command center bringing copy of election returns.
On Tuesday morning, a Mass, presided over by Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, was offered for Elmida and other volunteers at the PPCRV command center in Manila.
The bishop also requested prayers for all PPCRV volunteers as they continue to work for clean elections.
The poll watchdog has deployed an estimated 700,000 volunteers nationwide on the May 9 synchronized local and national elections.
In Cotabato City, the PPCRV has pulled out its volunteers from Cotabato City, also in Mindanao, for safety reasons due to alleged “massive cheating.” (CBCPNews)