More policemen secure Marcos town with 2 “mayors”

By Freddie G. Lazaro, PIA 1, Ilocos Norte


LAOAG CITY, July 10 (PIA) – – More policemen have been deployed in Marcos town, some 26 km from here, to help secure the place as two mayors continue insisting to have won the mayoral post.

Outgoing mayor Salvador Pillos holds office at the 2nd floor of the municipal building while proclaimed–mayor Arsenio Agustin has his office at the accounting department on the ground floor of same building.

Superintendent Jeffrey Gorospe, spokesman of the Ilocos Norte police provincial office, said 37 policemen are now detailed in that town to maintain peace and order.

Despite the dispute, the town remains generally peaceful.

“So far, the town is generally peaceful,” Gorospe said.

According to Gorospe, policemen were assigned in both camps to anticipate a possible occurrence of tension while the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Commission on Election (Comelec) resolve the dispute.

Pillos insisted that he won the mayoralty post claiming that Agustin was disqualified to run based on an earlier Comelec decision. The Comelec has already issued a writ of execution dated June 18 in support of the decision.

Agustin, however, claimed that he was proclaimed mayor by the municipal board of canvassers (MBOC) after he won by 804 votes. Agustin got 5,020 votes while Pillos got only 4,216 votes.

Last Monday, the two mayors attended the flag raising ceremony but they were not allowed to speak before the employees and other elected officials in the town.#