Traffic men 'not involved in vote buying'

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

THE Police Regional Office (PRO) denied on Tuesday accusations of a rebels group against seven traffic personnel allegedly buying votes.

The seven who were identified as Edgardo Butad, Vincent Dela Torre, Abdul Azis Ali Jr., Erald James Cajeras Sr., Rusalito Caranguit, Edmond Trinidad, and Ariel Carbude are members of the Traffic Management Group.

They were reportedly held last Saturday by the New People's Army for violating election policies.


Superintendent Alden Delvo, PRO Davao Region spokesperson, admitted that the seven policemen were their men but he was quick to add that there is no truth to the accusations of the NPA rebels.

Delvo branded the accusations as black propaganda.

"It is not true that they were involved in a vote buying neither they were held by the communist rebel. They were deployed and assigned to Paquibato for security reasons," Delvo said.

Senior Superintendent Ronald dela Rosa, Davao City Police Office (DCPO) director, also denied the report, saying the policemen were rendering their service in the area since the election period started.

Ka Simon Santiago, political director of the NPA's Southern Mindanao Regional Command, in his statement emailed to the media, said they captured the police officers for alleged vote buying when they accompanied a village chief who was on his way to buy votes.

Santiago added that based on the investigation, the police escorted four barangay captains allegedly carrying cash to buy votes for reelectionist first district Representative Mylene Garcia.

Santiago said 27 envelopes containing P300 were brought to Barangay Mapula; P15,000 for Barangay Lumiad; P20,000 for Barangay Paquibato; and P15,000 for Barangay Panalum.

Davao City Vice Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte also denied the same reports. (ICT)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 15, 2013.

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