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Before the elections, the governor of Ilocos Norte enforces a curfew.

CITY OF LAOAG – Governor Matthew Joseph Manotoc of Ilocos Norte has imposed a province-wide curfew from 9 p.m. on Sunday to 4 a.m. on Monday, only hours before the election.

The Commission on Elections’ implementation of the two-day booze prohibition until Monday polling is further strengthened by Executive Order 183-22 dated May 8 on the installation of curfew.

The brief curfew the night before the polls, as stated in the order, is also aimed to ensure security, as the Ilocos Norte Police Provincial Office acknowledged “information on the presence of guns-for-hire in the province.”

Rallies and a shooting incident in nearby Ilocos Sur province marked the end of the election campaign on May 7. Ilocos Norte was represented by four persons dead.

The order stated that “the curfew does not apply to election workers, health and hospital workers, government officials, law enforcement officers, authorized persons outside the residence, and essential establishments that ordinarily operate overnight, such as hospitals, pharmacies, food houses, and call centers.”

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