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Naval political situation under control, says Biliran PNP

Tacloban City (May 21) -- Biliran Provincial Police Director Wilson Caubat confirmed that some supporters of losing Biliran Congressional candidate and incumbent Representative Glenn Chong started a "prayer rally" on Thursday and tried to enter the provincial capitol.

Colonel Caubat said that the rallyists has shown a copy of the permit to hold a prayer rally issued by Naval Mayor Susan Parilla who is known to be an ally of Representative Chong. The permit did not specify the area where the rally was to be held.

Also, the rally permit stated that the group is allowed to hold a rally from May 20 to 30, Colonel Caubat added.

In the morning of Friday, about 300 rallyists were still in front of the capitol, Colonel Caubat said. An image of the Blessed Virgin Mary was placed by the rallyists in front of the capitol, he added.

The situation is under control, Provincial Police Director Caubat intimated. The police is constantly monitoring the activities of the rallyists in order to prevent any untoward incidents.

He said he talked to the rallyists into not entering the capitol and not to harass the provincial employees who are only doing their job. He also expressed his hope that cold heads will prevail and let the course of law to prevail over the matter.

Attempts to contact Governor Espina were futile. He was not "visible" in Naval and allegedly he is in Manila.

Meanwhile, as his supporters stage a prayer rally, Representative Chong was seen to be at the Congressional hearing on election frauds, saying he was bent on exhausting all legal means to nullify the proclamation of congressman-elect and incumbent Governor Rogelio Espina, insisting that he was no where near conceding defeat.

Representative Chong was among the losing candidates who attended the House hearing, where Smartmatic-TIM officials were hit after admitting there were time stamp errors produced by some of the counting machines.

During the hearing, Chong reported that some ERs from his province had time stamps saying May 10, 7:45 a.m., which he said, indicated that results were already transmitted only minutes after polls opened on May 10.

Representative Chong said he would be lodging a protest before the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal, aside from the case filed before the Comelec. (PIA 8) [top]

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