After tense confrontation, Maharlika village ‘peacefully’ accepts election results

Situation in front of Maharlika Elementary School following confrontation between supporters of rival candidates (Photo by Sherwin Alfaro)

After almost a day, a new barangay chairman is named in Maharlika Village, Taguig Village, where the elections was disturbed due to a fight between the supporters of rival candidates.

According to S/Insp. Jonathan Arribe, chief of the Taguig Police Station 2, Haree Pautin was proclaimed as the new village chairman at about 1:15PM, May 15.

Arribe said that the residents of Maharlika ‘peacefully’ received the results of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (youth council) elections.

However, the police officer admitted that the camp of Arribe and the camp of outgoing village chairwoman Bai Sitti Pangandaman didn’t reach a closure.

Nung una lang talaga mainit sila, pero nung naka-usap namin ang bawat leader nila, unti-unting nag-atrasan at nag-uwian ang mga supporters.” Arribe said during DZRH’s One On One.

The incident at Maharlika village started after Rasti Dumaraya and Khalid Macalin, supporters of Pautin, beat-up Rajabay Ismael, a poll-watcher for Pangandaman, who is seeking re-election.

The situation escalated which caused for the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) to deploy an augmentation unit, composed of 200 officers, to Maharlika village.

A lockdown was also enforced in the area but was lifted the next day.

During the confrontation between the supporters of Pautin and Pangandaman, four individuals were apprehended but the authorities released Nuradin Jalal and Jadis Masubud, members of the Public Order Safety Office of Taguig under Kiram Pautin, father of Haree.

Meanwhile, Arribe revealed that Dumaraya and Macalin has underwent inquest proceedings, and will be charged for serious physical injury in relation to the Omnibus Election Code.

The police officer also confided that Ismael is currently recuperating in his home.

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