By Artemio Dumlao
La Trinidad, Benguet – An attempt to sneak in alleged flying voters from an Abra town marred the last day of the voters’ registration in the province.
Cordillera police, which have been monitoring the regustratio, said two policemen-escorts of a town mayor were transferred back to the regional headquarters after the near skirmish between two town mayors within the Commission on Elections compound in Dolores town Wednesday afternoon at the close of the registration.
Chief Supt. Benjamin Magalong, Cordillera police director, said he ordered the relief of Police Officer 2 Jithelo Tuazon, VIP escort of La Paz town mayor Joseph Blando Bernos and another policemen, who together with the mayor allegedly tried to sneak in flying voters from La Paz to Dolores town to register there.
Other policemen, however, thwarted the attempt and a skirmish between Bernos and Dolores town mayor Robert Seares Jr. nearly broke out.
Even before that spat between the two town executives, Bernos had argued with Comelec Dolores town officer Adriano Bernardino about the registrations he brought with him to the Comelec compound.
The police-escorts of Bernos were sent back to the regional headquarters in Camp Dangwa here for investigation and were disarmed of an MP5 submachine gun and a caliber 45 pistol.
More than a month ago, the board election of the Abra Electric Cooperative was also marred with near skirmishes between rival politicians backing their own bets in a single seat in the cooperative’s policy making body.