LA TRINIDAD, Benguet (May 25) — Police on Thursday night took a member of the Tineg, Abra Board of Election Inspectors (BEI) for questioning after a fan knife locally known as balisong was seen in her bag.
Dina Ingaw, a public school teacher, was taken by policemen for questioning around 8:00 P.M. Thursday from the Bangued capitol after police officers found a balisong in her bag during routine inspections at the Bangued capitol.
Ingaw, however, told authorities that she brought the knife for self defense. She added that she also uses the knife as a can opener.
Abra police, however, have a suspicion on the knife because a balisong similar to that one seized from Ingaw is the same type of weapon found Thursday morning from another poll watcher.
Comelec Director Armando Velasco asked the police to defer the filing of charges against Ingaw until after the elections.
As of press time, only Tineg town votes are being tallied to finish the elections in Abra. The said town was earlier placed under Comelec control after consecutive killings linked to political rivalry in the province were reported. # Ace Alegre for NORDIS