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Pangasinan remains peaceful, says police director

By Danny O. Sagun

Dagupan City (7 May) --Pangasinan remains relatively peaceful with only three election-related incidents recorded so far some two days before the May 10 elections, the police provincial director said Friday.

At the special edition of the KBP Forum at the Philippine Information Agency, Sr. Supt. Percival Barba said that compared with the eight incidents recorded in Region 1, the province despite its size and population is considered more peaceful among other areas.

The election-related incidents occurred in Sta. Maria, Dagupan City and Tayug, all three among the 16 areas put under watch list, he said.

The Tayug incident involved the killing last Thursday of one Danilo Aguinaldo of barangay Lagasit, San Quintin town, said to be a supporter of re-electionist Mayor Carlos Mapili. The suspects included mayoral bet Vicente Abobo, Noime Asis, the alleged gunman, and six others.

In Dagupan, charges and counter-charges have been filed before the courts by the camps of comebacking Mayor Benjamin S. Lim and City Administrator Alvin Fernandez over alleged manhandling and harassment.

Lim's son, Brian, a councilor bet, claimed that armed men accompanied Fernandez when the latter confronted him Sunday late afternoon in barangay Bolosan over alleged harassment by the former to Fernandez's wife Catherine and their supporters.

The armed men, Brian said, roughed him up with their long firearms along with former Councilor Nick Aquino and other supporters. He showed to newsmen marks in his abdomen.

Lim strongly criticized the city police led by Supt. Mariano Luis Versosa for doing nothing on the incident although policemen were seen responding to the scene. He asked the Commission on Elections and the PNP to relieve Versoza.

Barba said he already relieved 11 city policemen including a police inspector. The regional PNP office and the PNP headquarters will take care of what to do with Versoza, he said.

Inspite of the incidents, Barba said the province remains peaceful even as he expressed hope that elections will proceed as smoothly as possible and no other incidents will rise before and after the May 10 polls. (PIA Pangasinan) [top]

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