DAGUPAN CITY — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) downplayed a report that the discovery of election paraphernalia in one of the buildings in Alaminos City a few days after the election when the winners were already all proclaimed was part of a shady scheme to rig the last election.
Provincial Elections Supervisor Joel Gines said there was nothing amiss with the discovery of used election paraphernalia in one of the buildings in the city proper. The discovery was no big thing as these were actually trash, which may not have been disposed off properly by members of the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) before they left the polling centers.
These may have been retrieved by certain people and gathered in a certain place to make it appear as if these paraphernalia were used to cheat in order to cast doubt on the outcome of the election,
He said anyway all these supposed election paraphernalia were now in the hands of the Alaminos Police, which is now conducting investigation on who is to be blamed on the matter.
Pointing out that the incident was just a trivial matter, Gines vouched the integrity of the elections in Pangasinan.
He maintained that the election in Pangasinan was peaceful and orderly and no anomaly ever happened in any of the more than 1,000 clustered precincts before, during and after the elections.
This was confirmed too by the Pangasinan police through Supt. Jackie Candelario, deputy police director for operations, who said only two mauling incidents that may be related to the election was registered.
Police Regional Director Chief Supt Ericson Velasquez on Monday awarded “Medalya ng Kasanayan ” to all police chiefs in Pangasinan for their great contributions to ensure Secure and Safe Elections 2016 (SAFE 2016).
In fact, Pangasinan was one of the most peaceful provinces in the Philippines before, during and after the election with no untoward incident registered whatsoever. PNA/northboundasia.com