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Mayor Loot denies stealing camera

/ 07:29 AM May 04, 2011

DAANBANTAYAN Mayor Ma. Luisa Loot denied stealing a digital camera owned by the supporter of an opposing party.

In a counter-affidavit submitted to the Office of the Ombudsman in the Visayas where she faces a probe on robbery filed by Shellice Toyoca, the mayor said charges against here were “fabricated and malicious.”

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She said she took Toyoca’s digital camera but turned over it to the police. The digital camera was used as evidence in a case she filed against Toyoca for unjust vexation.

A verbal confrontation ensued between Loot and barangay captain candidate Hiram Benatiro, a retired police officer, after she went to the Tapilon Elementary School to verify reports that Benatiro was harrassing members of a Board of Election Inspectors (BEI).

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She confiscated the digital camera of Toyoca, a supporter of Benatiro who took pictures of her.

The mayor said that she felt harassed, took the camera and later turned it over to policemen stationed outside the school./REPORTER ADOR VINCENT S. MAYOL

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