Village chair, five others nabbed for poll violations

AGENTS of the Manila Police District (MPD) reported yesterday that at least six persons, including a barangay chair, were nabbed in three separate incidents during the national barangay polls last Monday for allegedly violating election laws.

Reports reaching the MPD headquarters revealed that two persons were arrested for acting as “flying voters” while the four others were caught for distributing campaign ball pens.

Maricar Malate, 26, of J. Bocobo Street in Sta. Cruz, was arrested for allegedly using the name of a registered voter to cast a vote at a precinct at the Manila Science High School along Taft Ave.

Case officer PO3 Ferdinand Leyva, of the MPD Ermita Station 5 said, Malate was caught by board of election teller Maybelle Villaranda, assigned at precinct 2686-B at the fourth floor of the Manila Science High School. She was turned over to the station.

Meanwhile, Rodrigo Libores, of Quintos St., Sampaloc was also apprehended at 2:45 p.m. by Barangay 449 Zone 44 treasurer Ma.  Gina Manuel, of Carola Street, Sampaloc, after the suspect allegedly attempted to cast a vote under a different name.

Libores was nabbed at precinct 2164-A of the Trinidad Tecson Elementary School along Geronimo St., in Sampaloc.

On the other hand, operatives of the MPD Raxabago station 1 netted four persons, including an incumbent barangay chairwoman, for allegedly violating election laws by distributing ball pens, bearing the name of a candidate, to voters at the Juan Nolasco High School along Tioco St. in Tondo.

Nabbed were: Maria Elisa Asilo, of Franco St., Tondo; Manuel Bautista, 49; Vicente Estrella, 52; and Mike Jester Caladiao, 21.

The arrested persons are now facing charges of violation of section 38 of  the Omnibus Election Code. Jing Villamente

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