Mayor denies kidnap try in E. Samar town

May 08, 2019

TAFT, Eastern Samar Mayor Marian June Libanan has labeled the “kidnapping attempt” in her town a “fabricated lie, fake news.”

“I don’t usually post anything like this on my wall but I figured there is something fishy about Congressman (Ben) Evardone’s latest posts citing incidents involving harassment, intimidation and kidnapping attempt on their supporters here in Taft,” wrote Mayor Libanan on social media.

Libanan said the “congressman’s accusations have no basis.”

“Clearly, their story has a lot of inconsistencies…Our peace and order situation in Taft is all under control, and I have confidence in the able enforcement of our Philippine National Police,” added Libanan, referring to a copy of the special assessment report of the police regarding the said incident.

“Being a small town mayor, I am in a quandary as to the ulterior motives behind these posts/fake news by Cong. Evardone. Is this some kind of ‘mind-setting’ on what he is about to do in our town this coming May 13? I can’t believe he himself would be the one to write about these fabricated scenarios without even verifying the facts. Who is the desperate one now?” asked the lady mayor.

Libanan’s statement came after Eastern Samar Congressman Ben Evardone posted on his Facebook that alleged “goons in a Toyota Hilux and Innova tried to kidnap” one of his supporters last May 1.

He also alleged that the driver of a party-list group he is supporting “was also harassed by armed goons in Taft.”

Earlier, Evardone and An Waray were slapped with disqualification case and cancellation of accreditation as party-list group at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) by no less than PDP-Laban Visayas vice president and former Eastern Samar Gov. Lutgardo Barbo over allegations of vote buying and other violations of the Omnibus Election Code.

Ronald Munsayac, chair of PDP’s committee on education and public information, said the party officially received the complaint filed against Evardone and An Waray.