Town mayor accuses rival of vote buying

DUMANJUG Mayor Nelson Garcia reported to the police gun-pointing and vote-buying incidents in the town.

He said a barangay councilor is being pursued for pointing a gun at another barangay councilor.

Garcia accused Vice Mayor Efren Guntrano Gica of buying votes inside the house of Panlaan Barangay Captain Joey Escuadro escorted by Moalboal Special Weapons and Tactics team.

Garcia complained to the police that Councilor Erwin “Wado” Gica, brother of the vice mayor, pointed a gun and threatened Barangay Balaygtiki Councilor Saturnino Albopera.

Denied

He said the police are now pursuing the councilor.

The vice mayor denied the accusations.

Pataka ra man na si mayor, naa ra ko diri sa balay nag-swimming (That’s not true. I was just in the house swimming),” he said.

He said his brother Erwin was with his barangay captain friends eating and drinking juice.

Kanya-kanya silag accusation (The are trading accusations),” Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) Director Clifford Gairanod said.

Conditions

He said he was on his way to Dumanjug to talk to the mayor and vice mayor.

Gairanod is doing his regular rounds to check conditions in the towns and cities, especially those with tense political situations.

He was in Toledo City last night and was on his way to Dumanjug.

Dumanjug desk officer PO1 Loreneil Labasa said a team already went to barangay Balaygtiki to verify the gun-pointing report, not to pursue anyone.

Vice Mayor Gica is running for mayor under the Liberal Party (LP) against incumbent Mayor Nelson Garcia.

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