By Alexandria San Juan
Police are now investigating the three ballot boxes discovered at a ceiling of a house being demolished in Bago Bantay, Quezon City last week.
Police Brig. Gen. Joselito Esquivel Jr., Quezon City Police District director, said the ballot boxes were discovered inside a house at Cotabato Street in Barangay Alicia around 4 p.m. on Friday, April 12.
Investigation showed that a demolition team was dismantling the roof of the house when they discovered the ballot boxes hidden at the ceiling which they ignored.
Three days after, members of QCPD Masambong Police Station (PS-2) went to the house to validate a report from a concerned citizen about the discovered ballot boxes.
Upon inspection, authorities noticed that two of the ballot boxes were empty, while the other one contains two paper seals, two empty short brown envelopes, an empty long brown envelope, four pieces of watcher tally sheets, and three blank mimeographed papers.
The recovered pieces of evidence were turned over to Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (CIDU) at the QCPD Headquarters in Camp Karingal for further investigation.
In a document obtained by investigators from Brgy. Alicia, it was found out that the house being demolished where the ballot boxes were discovered was named to a certain Lilia Deang who died on July 2017.
According to Deang’s son, Eleno Omilig, the house became a dumping area of their previous boarders, mostly workers of a mall in EDSA.
As boarders come and go, Omilig said he could no longer determine the persons who stacked the said ballot boxes.
The QCPD chief said a letter of request was already sent to the Commission on Election to verify any available documents pertaining to the discovered ballot boxes.
Further investigation is still ongoing to shed light on the incident.