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Hot spot feared in Taguig

Following Saturday’s clash between her supporters and city hall security guards that left a dozen people injured, mayoral candidate Rica Tinga on Sunday called on the Commission on Elections to consider placing Taguig under its control to prevent violence. Tinga, of the Kilusang Diwa ng Taguig, said the poll body must be decisive in acting on disruptions of peace and order with voting set next week. “We are asking Comelec to please look at the situation here in Taguig. Do we have to wait for more people to get hurt before we do anything?” she said. At least 12 of Tinga’s supporters, including a KDT candidate for councilor, were rushed for medical treatment when the incident happened at the city hall around 9 a.m. during the Tinga campaign sortie. Tinga said members of the city hall’s Public Order and Safety Office blocked them, triggering the brawl. Police said someone from the crowd threw a stone and hit a POSO member. According to her, the nine-year term of her brother, former Taguig mayor and now Taguig-Pateros 2nd District Rep. Freddie Tinga, made sure parties were free to campaign. The Cayetano camp said it would file charges against Tinga and her supporters. Lawyer Nino Pasco, legal counsel of Cayetano’s Nacionalista Party, said the incident was orchestrated by Tinga’s camp “to create a scenario which falsely depicts Taguig as a hot spot and therefore should be placed under Comelec control” among other tactics. “Their act of inducing their people to commit violence is as deplorable as it is pathetic. We will file charges against these people and their irresponsible leaders,” he said. “They obviously want sympathy. They won’t get it because the Taguig electorate are discerning and can see through their charades,” he added. Cayetano, wife of Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, is seeking a second term under the Nacionalista party against Tinga, whose father, retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Dante Tinga, lost by a slim margin to Cayetano in the 2010 elections.
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