Vice mayoral bet's house faces power cutoff

ILOCOS NORTE, Philippines -- In this politically-charged season, a vice mayoral candidate in this province will literally feel the heat when he or she comes home. The Ilocos Norte Electric Cooperative (INEC) will cut off the power supply to his or her residence.

In a statement, INEC said that a vice mayoral candidate in Dingras town accumulated a debt of P170,000, which the candidate has to settle within two days or else face disconnection. Temperature in the province has already reached 38 degrees in the province.

The INEC refused to name the candidate but the two mayoral candidates in Dingras are Tiffany Gamboa (Lakas) and Joefrey Saguis (NP).  

The last time INEC's power disconnection made headlines was in 1995, when they cut off the power to the Marcos Mausoleum, where the body of strongman Ferdinand Marcos lied in state. The mausoleum incurred a debt then of almost P1 million and a day later then Batac Mayor Jesus Nalupta Sr. promised to pay the debt. -