Suspects in VCM burning arrested

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THE TWO suspects behind the burning of vote counting machines (VCM) in Jones, Isabela on Tuesday have been identified and are now in police custody. They were identified as Jayson Leano, who was caught in pursuit operations at Barangay Diarao at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, and Rodel Pascual, who surrendered to the barangay chairman of Sta. Isabel on Wednesday morning, the Police Regional Office II reported. Investigation is underway to determine the affiliation of both suspects and identify other persons involved in the incident. According to the Philippine National Police, both suspects were identified by witnesses as the persons responsible for the burning of the VCMs in Manayao Hill at 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday while the election equipment were being transported to a local canvassing center. — Vince Angelo C. Ferreras