Death threats to instigate political change?

PALANAN, Isabela - A remote area in the province received on the eve of election day what seemed to be death threats to support a particular candidate on the May 13 polls.

Residents of the Municipality of Palanan in the 1st Dristrict of Isabela received sample ballots containing bullets of an M14 rifle.

According to Isabela Police Director Sr. Supt. Sotero Ramos, unidentified armed men entered the jurisdiction of Brgy Marikit in Palanan on Saturday night, May 11.

Ramos also said that the men left bullets wrapped around sample ballots in the yard of some of the houses.

The police refused to disclose partisanship details of the armed men but said that the distributed ballots contained the message: "Magbago na kayo, Kailangan ngayon na, Malaman ang boto niyo!!! (sic)” (You should all change, It has to be now, Know your votes!!!)

The Palanan mayoral race is between incumbent Mayor Angelo Bernardo of the Nationalist People’s Coalition and Rufino Gonzales Jr of the Liberal Party. The town has less than 20,000 residents, with a little less than 10,000 registered voters. -

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