13 barangay candidates on Baguio Tokhang list
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines – Not two, but 13 barangay election candidates are under Tokhang program
Not content with the two barangay candidates in the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency’s list, Baguio decided to look at its own list and found 11 more.
The Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) said that the list of 13 aspirants for elected positions in the upcoming barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections allegedly involved in illegal drugs was based on the verifications done by combined police operatives and intelligence agents.
The BCPO said that in their list, two decided not to file their certificates of candidacy (COC), one is on his last term and will no longer run in the upcoming election, one is currently detained and one already dead. Also, one of those on the list reportedly went abroad since May 2016 and never came back to serve his constituents.
Based on the BCPO report, the 12 barangay officials reportedly surrendered to the police during the height of the Tokhang campaign while one of them was arrested during a buy-bust operation and is now detained in the Baguio City jail male dorm.
Meanwhile, a candidate for barangay captain in Mankayan town in Benguet was jailed for threat, physical injuries and illegal possession of deadly weapon.
Julieto Cleto Fagwan, who is running for barangay captain at Balili, reportedly stabbed Daniel Simon Batoon, 28, and threatened another when he was teased about his political plan last May 4.
The residents who subdued him recovered a knife from him. He is now detained at the Buguias jail and Mankayan Police Chief Orlando Bakisan said he will recommend that Fagwan’s name be taken out from the ballot. – Rappler.com