GLOBAL ONE NEWS (G1) — Two southern provinces in the Philippines have been rocked with explosions ahead of the second Bangsamoro vote.
The Mindanao provinces — Lanao del Norte and Maguindanao — reported four separate town blasts on Feb. 5.
Police said improvised explosives were planted in different public facilities and authorities remain on high alert while conducting clearing operations.
The roadside blast in Maguindanao left one vendor injured.
The spokesperson of the Sixth Infantry Division said the explosion is considered an isolated case and that it is not related to the elections.
The upcoming vote is to determine whether the local towns will be included in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region.
Meanwhile, the governor of Lanao del Norte blames the Moro Islamic Liberation Front behind the town blasts. The organization is allegedly in the province to hold a peace rally.
The vote is scheduled for Feb. 6.