BIÑAN CITY, Laguna – Local authorities here invited a group of suspected hired goons for questioning for allegedly harassing residents and campaign leaders of the incumbent mayor.
The 32 suspects reportedly introduced themselves as agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), and other government law enforcement agencies.
Reelectionist Biñan City Mayor Arman Dimaguila said the group harassed the residents, his campaign coordinators, and village leaders during a caucus and political event before authorities cornered the suspects in Barangay San Vicente on Sunday morning, May 1, 2022.
Dimaguila, along with reelectionist vice mayor Gel Alonte and reelectionist congresswoman Len Alonte, said on Sunday that the group members are not residents of this city.
He said most of the suspects are from Batangas and believed to have been hired by a political rival.
Dimaguila angrily confronted the alleged private security group and asked who is the man behind this.
According to reports, the group was also seen roaming around the vicinity of the village hall in San Vicente. This information reached Dimaguila, who immediately sought the help of the city police, which sent its SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) team to respond.
The mayor added that two of the 32 suspects have a prior record of harassment during the 2019 elections. They were the same men whom Dimaguila said were seen with his opponent during their campaign sorties.
Dimaguila said that there were three complainants against the group, including a policeman, who said he was a victim of gun-grabbing.