Latest Stories

Irate Aga supporters stone town hall of Fuentebella hometown


Video grab from UNTV shows supporters of Aga Muhlach Muhlach throwing stones at the municipal hall of Tigaon, Camarines Sur Thursday night, a few hours before his rival Felix William Fuentebella was proclaimed representative of the fourth district of Camarines Sur. ALLAN MANANSALA/UNTV

NAGA CITY, Philippines–Agitated by the long wait for the results of the elections in the fourth congressional district of Camarines Sur, supporters of Aga Muhlach vandalized the municipal hall of Tigaon just hours before the actor’s opponent, Felix William “Wimpy” Fuentebella, was proclaimed winner at the provincial Capitol in Pili, Camarines Sur on Thursday evening.

The riot started at 7:30 p.m. when Muhlach’s supporters accused the military of breaching negotiations agreed upon earlier between their leaders and Aga’s elder brother Albert and Lt. Col. Lenart Lelina, commander of the 42nd Infantry Battalion which was securing the municipal hall along the with the local police and firemen.

Around 2,000 supporters of Muhlach had been keeping vigil of the town hall since Wednesday morning to show their indignation at the “slow” canvassing of the votes for their district which they alleged were being manipulated by supporters of Fuentebella when the riot erupted.

Muhlach’s supporters agreed to allow some 20 municipal employees of Tigaon to go home after keeping them there for almost two days under the condition that Tigaon Mayor Arnulfo “Arnie” Fuentebella Jr., brother of Wimpy, be left behind along with the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines and other election paraphernalia inside the town hall.

As the municipal employees were leaving the hall, the supporters kept their watch on the municipal hall from the front yard of the compound while the military and police stayed at the back of the building.

Muhlach’s supporters, however, broke into a frenzy when an SUV came in on the side of the building to fetch the mayor through the side door.

The supporters accused the military of sneaking out the mayor, his brother Wimpy, and their father, the former fourth district Rep. Arnulfo “Noli” Fuentebella Sr., whom they believed were also inside.

“How could you do this to us?” the supporters, some of them crying, asked the Army.

The supporters then started throwing stones at the windows of the municipal hall, breaking the glasses in the first and second floors of the building  while Lelina and Chief Insp. Tyrone Dotimas, police chief of Tigaon, and their respective staff were inside planning strategies on how to quell the crowd.

Using tables and chairs as shield against the stones being thrown by the crowd, the police and Army went out of the municipal building and succeeding in shooing away the milled crowd outside the gates of the municipal hall.

The people, including bystanders outside, were told to move some 200 meters away from the vicinity of the municipal town hall.

Eric Amador, chairman of the National Citizens” Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) in Goa, who arrived after the crowd was shepherded out of the municipal hall compound, was also told by the military to wait for a while before going inside the compound.

Amador was supposed to check the room where the Commission on Elections had held its canvassing of returns on Wednesday night.

The military and police, however, allowed Amador inside the municipal hall only on Friday morning.

No one was hurt during the incident as the security forces exercised maximum tolerance during the entire duration of the melee.

A few hours after later at the Capitol in Pili town, Fuentebella was proclaimed congressman of fourth district after he garnered 82,834 over Muhlach’s 80,629 at the final canvassing of votes.

Muhlach”s supporters in Tigaon went home shortly before midnight but were not immediately informed of the development.

Rolly Rodriguez, a Muhlach supporter, claimed he feared more people of the Partido area or fourth district would be pushed to join the communist rebels or New People’s Army (NPA) there because of the results of the elections in the district.

Mary Rose Bacares said she did not expect Fuentebella to win because most of the people she knows had voted for Muhlach.

Prior to the disturbance, Mayor Arnie and his staff were overheard discussing how Muhlach had been refusing to accept defeat when, they said, even Muhlach knew that based on their respective copies of the election returns, he had already lost the race.

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Aga Mulach , Camarines Sur , Election Highlights , Elections , News , Politics , Regions

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94


  • Sayyaf man linked to Sipadan kidnapping falls
  • Drilon calls for sobriety as mudslinging, witch hunts loom due to pork scam
  • S. Korea ferry toll hits 150 as search gets tougher
  • If Napoles names Aquino allies, they’ll be brought to bar of justice – Palace
  • Lacson says diamond-studded earring snatched from wife fake
  • Sports

  • Wizards beat Bulls in OT to take 2-0 series lead
  • Pacers rally past Hawks 101-85 to even series
  • David Moyes out as Manchester United manager
  • Nadal to face fellow Spaniard at Barcelona Open
  • Defensive Chelsea holds Atletico in scoreless draw
  • Lifestyle

  • Haneda International Airport: A destination on its own
  • Wanted: Beauty queen with a heart that beats for the environment
  • Kim Atienza: At home with art and design
  • Life lessons I want to teach my son
  • Sweet party for Andi Manzano
  • Entertainment

  • Ex-Fox exec denies allegations in sex abuse suit
  • Kris Aquino backtracks, says Herbert Bautista and her are ‘best friends’
  • Summer preview: Chris Pratt enters a new ‘Galaxy’
  • Bon Jovi helps open low-income housing in US
  • Summer movie preview: Bay reboots ‘Transformers’
  • Business

  • McDonald’s 1Q profit slips as US sales decline
  • SEC approves SM’s P15B retail bond offer
  • $103M Vista Land bonds tendered for redemption
  • Oil slips to $102 as US crude supplies seen rising
  • SC stops Meralco power rate hike anew
  • Technology

  • Engineers create a world of difference
  • Bam Aquino becomes Master Splinter’s son after Wiki hack
  • Mark Caguioa lambasts Ginebra teammates on Twitter
  • Brazil passes trailblazing Internet privacy law
  • New York police Twitter campaign backfires badly
  • Opinion

  • One-dimensional diplomacy: A cost-benefit analysis of Manila’s security deal with Washington
  • No ordinary illness
  • Reforest mountains with fire trees and their kind
  • Day of the Earth
  • When will Chinese firm deliver new coaches?
  • Global Nation

  • No word yet on inking of US-PH defense pact during Obama visit
  • Filipina, 51, shot dead by 24-year-old American boyfriend
  • China, rivals sign pact to ease maritime tensions
  • Visa-free US trip? Do not believe it, says consulate
  • Obama visit to Asia seen as counterweight to China
  • Marketplace