Candidate’s supporters dispersed amid vote buying allegations

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CABANATUAN CITY, Nueva Ecija: Hundreds of people, including women with toddlers, rushed to leave a compound reportedly owned by re-electionist Gapan City Mayor Maricel Natividad-Nagaño when policemen that include special weapons and tactics personnel in full battle gear swamped into the place at about 7 p.m. Saturday. The policemen went to disperse the supporters of Nagaño amid reports that vote-buying activities were happening inside the compound. But Supt. Nelson Aganon, Gapan City police chief, said they have caught no one in the act of selling or buying votes. ”These are supporters waiting here. Guarding their candidates,” Aganon said. The dispersal, he said, was made upon instruction of higher authorities. Some women who emerged from the place affirmed Aganon’s statement, saying they were just attending a meeting being at the final day of campaign period. Novo Ecijanos who will troop to voting precincts will be greeted with at least four Army tanks, 200 soldiers and over 100 additional policemen to keep peace and order for a safe elections, according to Nueva Ecija police director, Senior Supt. Manuel Cornel.

PNA

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