Paniqui town police force in hot water for firing guns

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    CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – The police force of Paniqui, Tarlac is now  under fire following a violent incident Monday night amid reports they fired their guns to defend a defeated mayoral candidate who had occupied  the third floor of the Paniqui town hall  weeks ago to claim the mayoral post.

    Shots were heard in- side the Paniqui municipal building as some 100 supporters of suspended Mayor Miguel “Dors” Rivilla, a second cousin  of President Aquino, stormed the building to compel “mayor” Rommel David to leave. Rivilla credited Tarlac provincial police chief Sr. Supt. Alex Sintin for  intervening in the commotion and neutralizing the local police who allegedly sided with David.

    “The local policemen will  undergo paraffin tests to find out who fired their guns during the incident,” he said. David occupied the third floor  of the building with the help of the local police after an RTC judge proclaimed him winner in the mayoralty race in the 2013 polls after a recount of ballots that invalidated over 3,000 votes favoring Rivilla.

    Last week, however, the  commission on Elections (Comelec) declared the RTC verdict null and void. Manly Garcia, a leading supporter of  Rivilla, said regional officials of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) tried Monday to serve its order to David to comply with the Comelec verdict, but they failed to convince him to leave the third floor of the town  hall.

    Meanwhile, Rivilla will assume his post on Dec. 8 when his 60- Paniqui town police force in hot water… day  preventive suspension expires. He was suspended upon the instigation of David’s wife Evelyn, a municipal councilor  of Paniqui, who accused the mayor of impropriety in the use of local funds to pay the salaries of the medical staff of  the local district hospital without the approval of the local legislative board.

    Rivilla said he will file various charges against David, including illegal occupation  of  the town hall, as well as criminal, civil and administrative charges.

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