LAW ENFORCEMENT agencies have placed in the election watch list several villages in 43 towns and six cities in the Davao Region, mainly due to political rivalries and the threats of disruption from communist rebels. Based on the list released by the Eastern Mindanao Command and the Police Regional Office Wednesday, those placed under tight watch are 20 in Panabo City, two in Tagum City, and several in the cities of Davao, Mati, and Digos. The other areas are: Malalag, Hagonoy, and Padada Kiblawan, Magsaysay, Matanao Bansalan, and Sta. Cruz in Davao del Sur; Jose Abad Santos and Malita in Davao Occidental; Asuncion, Carmen, Kapalong, New Corella, San Isidro and Talaingod in Davao del Norte; and Lupon, Banaybanay, Gov. Generoso, Tarragona and Manay in Davao Oriental; and all municipalities in Compostela Valley. Lt. Gen. Benjamin R. Madrigal Jr., Eastern Mindanao Command commander, explained that the basis for the list is the perceived intense political rivalries in these areas as well as the presence of New People’s Army rebels. Sr. Supt. Nolasco K. Bathan, regional police deputy director for administration, said the political rivalries and the presence of organized armed groups — including rebel movements, gangs and private armies — could trigger violence. “These armed groups are perceived to be committing terrorism, fraud, and other election irregularities,” said Mr. Bathan. — Carmelito Q. Francisco