By Francis Allan L. Angelo

A CANDIDATE for the Sangguniang Bayan of Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo was arrested and jailed for oral defamation charges right after filing his certificate of candidacy Tuesday.

Antonio Parcon, former barangay captain of Poblacion Ilaya, Barotac Nuevo, found himself inside the jail cell of Barotac Nuevo PNP Tuesday afternoon.

Parcon was arrested on the strength of a warrant of arrest issued by the Municipal Circuit Trial Court of Barotac Viejo and Banate.

Parcon is facing criminal charges filed by Diana Biron, mother of 4th district Rep. Ferjenel G. Biron, for allegedly maligning the complainant.

According to Mrs. Biron’s complaint, Parcon badmouthed their family in public by accusing them of murdering a househelp.

Parcon also allegedly accused Rep. Biron’s company of selling expired medicines which killed several persons.

He is running under the Liberal Party ticket headed by Barotac Vice Mayor Pedro Hautea who will challenge Mayor Hernan Biron, father of Rep. Biron.

Parcon said over Aksyon Radyo that he will face the charges against him even as he accused the Birons of orchestrating his arrest.

He said he is willing to stay in jail if only to generate sympathy from his townmates.