CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Oct. 31, 2007) – A volunteer poll watcher was found murdered Wednesday inside a gymnasium in Butuan City in the southern Philippines, police said.
Police said Geraldine Cabardo's body was discovered by civilians at around 5.30 inside the gym at the San Vicente Elementary School. The body of the 25-year old Cabardo bore stab wounds, it said.
It was not immediately known if the murder was related to the elections, police said.
Other reports said Cabardo worked for the Bombo Radyo's poll watch during Monday's Barangay (village council) and Sangguniang Kabataan (youth council).
"We are still investigating the murder. According to the SOCO (scene of crime officers), the body had multiple incise wounds," Police Officer 2 Ethel Labi told the Mindanao Examiner by phone from Butuan City.
No individual or group claimed responsibility for the killing, Labi said.
More than two dozen people have been killed in poll-related violence in the country, according to the police, but it said the elections were peaceful compared in 2002 where 49 people had died. (Mindanao Examiner)