Central Visayas police list 14 poll cases-A A +A
Thursday, October 31, 2013
AT LEAST 14 cases of election-related incidents (ERIs) were recorded by the police during the barangay elections in Central Visayas last Monday.
But, Senior Supt. Armando Radoc of the Police Regional Office (PRO)7 told reporters yesterday that their list is not yet final for they are still verifying the reported incidents.
In the barangay elections last Oct. 27, 2010, he said they confirmed 10 ERIs in the region.
Under PRO 7 are the police offices of Siquijor, Negros Oriental, Bohol, Cebu Province, Cebu City, Mandaue City and Lapu-Lapu City.
Since the start of the election period last Sept. 28, PRO 7 arrested 90 persons for violating the gun ban and seized 66 firearms.
Lapu-Lapu City Police Office Director Rey Lyndon Lawas said they arrested two minors who violated the gun ban.
The gun ban will be lifted on Nov. 12, said Radoc.
As to the liquor ban, the police in Central Visayas arrested at least 18 persons.
Last Sunday, a certain Karen Chua claimed that she was harassed by barangay tanods in Barangay Kinasang-an Pardo, Cebu City.
A supporter of Carcar City Mayor Nicepuro Apura allegedly harassed the opponents of Apura’s wife. But the police said the report turned out to be false.
At 1 a.m. last Monday, five unidentified persons in camouflage clothes and bonnets gave P100 to a woman in Catmon, Cebu.
At 8:05 a.m., a barangay captain hopeful allegedly pushed his opponent and aimed a gun at the latter in Danao City.
The padlock of two voting precincts were destroyed and forcibly opened by unknown persons in Cabalawan, Sogod.
In Barangay Casili, Mandaue City, tanod Jonathan Mapula, 47, was arrested for carrying a gun.
Meanwhile, the job-order Mandaue City Hall employee accused of punching a radio reporter may be dismissed from service if found guilty of misconduct, an official said.
Mandaue City Legal Officer Giovanni Tianero said City Hall is investigating the fistfight involving Edgar Paulin, a job order employee detailed at the Commission on Elections, and RGMA DySS reporter and Cebu Daily News correspondent Norman Mendoza.
Tianero said the City will also investigate the alleged involvement of two other job-order employees in the incident.
Mendoza, who sustained a bruise in his right ear, and Paulin reached an amicable settlement before the police.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 31, 2013.