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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, November 7, 2013
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Cadiz election officer
faces gun complaint

Joseph Nazareno, 41, of Brgy. Taculing, Bacolod City, reported to the police that Cadiz City Election Officer Revo Sorbito, of Brgy. Mansilingan pointed a firearm at him and discharged it in front of the Regional Intelligence Unit safe house.

Nazareno said that at about 11:30 p.m., he and his companions were in a Nissan Navarra pick-up when Sorbito, who was with a woman passenger, opened the window of his Chevrolet Spark car and pointed a gun at them.

Nazareno and his companions, who are members of the Community Investigative Support of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, said they thought Sorbito was a police officer and followed him.

When Sorbito stopped in front of the RIU safe house he went inside the building and fired his gun upward. He was allegedly under the influence of alcoholic liquor that time, Nazareno added.

Leada said Nazareno’s group turned over to the police station eight empty shells of .9 mm, they allegedly recovered from the area where Sorbito fired his gun.

Station 1 policemen, also recovered a .45 caliber empty shell at Rosario Street, Leada said.

Leada, however, said that, aside from the two parties, there were no witness that some persons fired guns in the area and the RIU personnel did not hear gunshots.

He added that the conflict had started with a traffic altercation, and that the incident may be election-related since Sorbito is an election officer and the election period is not yet over.

He said Commission on Elections officials have exemptions, provided their guns are licensed, but firing it without reason and not in line with their official duty, is a different matter.

Provincial Elections Supervisor Jessie Suarez, meanwhile, said the COMELEC is waiting for the police to submit an incident report, before they can decide on the rules that govern the incident.

But Suarez also said they will not tolerate any wrongdoings of their men.

The DAILY STAR tried several times, but failed to contact Sorbito for his comment.*SGG

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