Solana pol­i­tics eyed in at­tack on po­lice

Manila Bulletin - - Luzon News - By LIEZLE BASA IÑIGO

CAMP ADDURU, Ca­gayan — The Po­lice Pro­vin­cial Of­fice (PPO) is keep­ing an eye on de­vel­op­ments in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Solana, where lo­cal po­lice al­legedly en­coun­tered armed po­lit­i­cal sup­port­ers of a los­ing barangay can­di­date hours af­ter the elec­tions closed last Tues­day.

It was learned that Solana Coun­cilor Rudy Fer­nan­dez and sup­port­ers of Barangay Chair­man Joel M. Alilam were al­legedly de­mand­ing a re­count at the Car­ilu­cud Ele­men­tary School at 12:30 a.m. Tues­day be­cause the in­cum­bent had lost.

A po­lice team led by Solana chief of po­lice, Se­nior In­spec­tor Renz Mar­ion Balo­ran, re­sponded to the scene and paci­fied the par­ties.

How­ever, as Balo­ran’s team left the school, they came un­der heavy fire at a road­block in Barangay Gen. Balao. Po­lice quickly got off their pa­trol car and re­turned fire.

Luck­ily, none of them was hit, but the still uniden­ti­fied shoot­ers got away.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Warren G. Tolito, PPO di­rec­tor, was in­structed by Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice 2 (PRO2) Re­gional Di­rec­tor Jose Mario M. Espino to in­ves­ti­gate the in­ci­dent and lend sup­port to the Solana Mu­nic­i­pal Po­lice Sta­tion (MPS).

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