AN INCUMBENT and reelectionist village council member and two other men were arrested after they slaughtered a dog in Barangay Rizal, Rosales town in Pangasinan last Tuesday.
Rosales police identified the suspects as incumbent barangay kagawad (village councilor) Joven Ledda; Danilo Morden, farmer; and Renato Caramat, a farm helper. They were arrested for violation of the Animal Welfare Act
Meanwhile, provincial election supervisor Atty. Marino Salas of the Commission on Election Pangasinan, said Ledda would not be disqualified from running for the May 14 election due to the case of animal abuse filed against him.
“A candidate, before he can be disqualified, needs to be convicted by final judgment of the court. Even though a case is filed, he can still run in the elections,” said Salas.
Section 8 of the Animal Welfare Act stipulates an imprisonment of six months to two years, or a fine of P1,000 to P5,000 or both, depending on the discretion of the court. (PNA)