A tip received by the Taguig City Police’s Task Force on Anti-Vote Buying sparked tensions, on the eve of the elections, between authorities and the camp of Congressional candidate Henry Jun Duenas.
Taguig Deputy Chief of Police for Operations Supt. Celso Rodriguez, who is also the head of the Task Force, said that they received reliable information that there was a vote-buying incident in a building owned by Duenas.
“According to our source, from the past few days, Duenas has distributed red cards to the people informing them that if they are a red card holder, they can proceed to his office and exchange it with P300,” Rodriguez told The Manila Times in an interview.
He said that to verify the report, his team together with a representative from the Commission on Elections (Comelec)-Taguig went to Duenas’ SILUP Bldg. located at MRT Avenue corner Rongo Street Central Signal Village at around 1 p.m.
But the police and Comelec officials were prevented from entering the premises, which sparked the tension between authorities and Duenas’ camp.
“When the representative of Comelec-Taguig arrived to verify the report of vote-buying, tension erupted. Congressman Duenas got mad as he insisted that they are not doing anything wrong,” he added.
Rodriguez said that, Duenas even challenged him to a fistfight if he will insist on entering the building.
“Congressman Duenas even challenged me to a fist fight,” he said.
Rodriguez said just to prevent the escalation of tension and violence, they decided to pull out from the building.
Duenas is running again for the said post under the local party Kilusang Diwa ng Taguig.
RITCHIE A. HORARIO