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Provincial Comelec acts to ease tension in Catubig

By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
May 17, 2007

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte  –  OIC Provincial Election Supervisor Arzadon is contemplating of transferring the venue of the canvassing of votes in Catubig, Northern Samar, to the old Provincial Capitol in Catarman tomorrow May 18.

This move is hoped to ease the brewing tension between the supporters of the two mayoralty candidates Vicencio of Lakas-CMD and her opponent Hipe of Kampi. The supporters from both camps are vigilantly guarding the canvassing venue in Catubig.

Earlier this afternoon, winning North Samar 2nd District congressional candidate Atty. Emil Ong of Kampi called on the local media to go to Catubig town to cover a highly tensed canvassing.

Allegedly, the growing tension is caused by the fact that losing mayoralty candidate Vicencio of Lakas-CMD is contesting seven election returns.

The canvassing of votes in Catubig is now on recess in order to ease the mounting tension. Calls for sobriety and calm among the supporters of both camps have been aired. The supporters are asked to let the democratic process take its course for the interest of the municipality.

Catubig is a 4th class municipality in the second district of the province of Northern Samar. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 26,917 people in 5,015 households. Catubig is politically subdivided into 47 barangays and is known as the rice granary of Northern Samar.