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Bloody Philippine electoral campaign ends with killing of policeman

Bloody Philippine electoral campaign ends with killing of policeman

A policeman was shot to death while responding to an election-related attack in the northern Philippines, capping a bloody campaign in which more than 100 people were killed, police said Sunday.
Police officer Jeofry Ponce and fellow law enforcers were checking an attack on a mayoral candidate's supporter in remote Danglas town in Abra province when the gunmen opened fire, killing him late Saturday, regional police spokesman Supt. Joseph Adnol said.
Police were trying to track down the gunmen. The mayoral candidate's supporter was not hurt in Abra, considered an election hotspot because of past and recent poll violence, police said.
Ponce died shortly before midnight, the end of a three-month campaign period before Monday's midterm elections. Campaigning is banned on Sunday. At least 108 people died in election-related attacks during the campaign season, police said.
Nearly 87,000 candidates are vying for 17,000 national and local positions on Monday. All 265 House of Representatives seats and half of the 24 Senate seats are up for grabs.
Government forces and police went on full alert last week ahead of the elections in the impoverished Southeast Asian country, which has also been burdened by decades-old communist and Muslim separatist rebellions and widespread crime.
A surfeit of unlicensed guns, weak law enforcement, allegations of cheating and intense rivalries among powerful families become a volatile mix that traditionally spark violence, especially during local elections.
The presidential election in 2004 left at least 189 dead.