President Corazon Aquino Monday ordered police to seize all unlicensed guns in the Philippines and disband the private armies of political warlords to ensure peaceful elections in May.

Police said there were 143 private armies in the Philippines and that 507 of the country's 1,500 towns were potential election "hot spots."Intense feuds among political dynasties and communist rebels planning to back candidates could spark violence, a confidential police intelligence report obtained by Reuters warned.