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Former cop to take on Sriyada at polls

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PHUKET: A former policeman will take on Dr Sriyada Palimapan of the Thai Rak Thai (TRT) Party in District 1 in the April 2 parliamentary election, but the TRT candidate for District 2, Wisut Santikul, will run unopposed.

Provincial Election Commission (PEC) Director Kittipong Thiengkunagrit told the Gazette that in District 1, covering Phuket City and environs, the candidates will be Dr Sriyada and Pol Sgt Panya Borirak, 35, who is running under the banner of the little-known Pattana Chart Thai (Develop the Thai Nation) Party.

Two other people who registered for the parliamentary election were, however, turned down by the PEC. Lawyer Thavorn Permpoon, 50, of the Thai Chuay Thai (Thais Help Thais) Party and businessman Soraphong Khaokitpaisarn, 30, of the Pandin Thai Party (Thai Homeland Party), were excluded because neither had been a party member for at least 90 days before the April 2 poll, as required by election law.

Sgt Panya told the Gazette that his party was formed decades ago to help push former Prime Minister Gen Prem Tinsulanonda’s “623” policy, aimed at getting Communist insurgents back into the democratic process.

“I don’t want to give more detailed information about the party, except to say that it was established many years ago and our party leader is named Boontaweesak Amornsin. I have been a member for more than one year,” he said, adding that he had resigned from the police on March 7 in order to comply with election law.

A graduate from Phuket Rajabhat University, he said his previous political experience included an unsuccessful attempt to gain a seat in the Phuket City Council in 2004.

He said he led the fight to correct the “Surin Circle” corruption scandal in 2004, resulting in the the National Counter Corruption Commission ordering the culprits to return 15 million baht in embezzled public funds to the people of Phuket.

“This case and many others are still unknown to many Phuket people and I would like the press to follow them up. I think I have done many good things for the people of Phuket, and if they knew about them I think I would gain their confidence. I will do my best,” he said.

Despite his affiliation with Pattana Chart Thai, K. Panya said he would run under the slogan: “I am beholden to no party; I will give my all for Phuket.”

Sgt Panya’s decision to run against Dr Sriyada may actually make things easier for the TRT candidate. Unlike K. Wisut, who is running unopposed and must therefore get votes equal to 20% of the number of registered voters, Dr Sriyada must now only defeat the Sergeant and get more than 5% of the number of registered voters.

There have been reports that “a big party” has been paying individuals as much as 30,000 baht to run in the election. In only three cases, however, has a complaint been lodged about this.

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Woman arrested for abandoning newborn baby on a bench in Phuket

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Police tracked down and arrested a Burmese woman who allegedly left her newborn baby on a bench in Phuket’s Patong area last week. The mother faces charges of abandoning a baby.

The newborn was left in a reusable shopping bag on a bench behind a Krungthai Bank branch. A woman in the area heard the baby crying and found the newborn in the bag along with a bottle of milk, diapers and clothing. Police reviewed surveillance camera footage shows a woman, police later identified as Ei Ei Phyu, leaving the bag on the bench.

Police say the woman gave birth on September 9 at a local hospital in Surat Thani’s Phun Phin district. Ei Ei allegedly took a van from Surat Thani to Phuket on September 22 and stayed with a friend in Patong. The early the next morning, she allegedly left her baby on the bench before boarding a bus back to Surat Thani.

Burmese workers in the Patong area told police Ei Ei used to work at a local Indian food restaurant before she moved to Surat Thani to work as a rubber tapper. Ei Ei allegedly told police she is not in the position to raise a child.

In earlier reports, police said the baby is healthy and does not appear to have any injuries.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Phuket police arrest 6 after finding large amounts of methamphetamine in raid

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Phuket Provincial Police have arrested 6 people after finding large amounts of methamphetamine and other drugs during a raid. One suspect alone allegedly had 7.6 kilograms of crystal meth (ya ice) and over 12,500 methamphetamine pills (ya bah). 29 year old Surasak ‘Bank’ Wijit and 27 year old Panida ‘Mei’ Saeyang were arrested at an apartment car park in Soi Lookkaew, Moo 6, Rassada, in eastern Phuket, after they were found in possession of the drugs.

Police also found 2 mobile phones and a red Honda PCX, registered in Phuket, as evidence. Both suspects have been charged with posessing a Category 1 drug with the intent to sell.

Other suspects arrested at the same time include 36 year old from Chiang Rai, 42 year old Sarawut ‘An’ Srichanon, from Ranong and 31 year old Pornthep ‘Iew’ Thepchampa, who were charged with the same crimes in Chalong after police found more drugs in their possession. 33 year old Kamon ‘Kung’ Sae-ngow, was arrested as well after police found kratom juice and leaves at a house in Rassada. He was taken to Phuket City Police station and was charged with a Category 5 drug possession.

SOURCE:The Phuket News

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Phuket Muay Thai fighter is the first Thai national to compete in UFC

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The upcoming Ultimate Fighting Championship Fight Night event in Abu Dhabi will feature Thailand’s only national marking her third fight with the UFC, the world’s largest mixed martial arts competition. 24 year old Loma Lookboonme, from Burirram in northeastern Thailand, will fight in the event on October 3, 2020.

Loma is a Muay Thai fighter who has adapted her MMA skills to fight in the UFC where she currently trains at the Tiger Muay Thai gym in Phuket. Loma qualified for the national team at the age of 19 and has fought in over 12 nations worldwide. She currently trains 6 days a week starting daily at 6:30am with a 3 kilometre run. In the UFC, she will be competing against China’s Angela Lee who is the undisputed champion of the 52 kilogram fist weight category.

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Loma’s parents are former Muay Thai fighters and her 2 sisters currently compete as well. She reportedly started training at 8 years old after being inspired by her father, whom she describes as her “hero.”

Like most Thais in such fighting sports, Muay Thai offers a way to rise out of poverty-and fighting for the UFC can be financially lucrative. But Loma says her only Thai sponsor is the gym where she trains, with the rest of her sponsors being from foreign brands. She says she is trying to get more Thai sponsors but feels that maybe she needs to win the UFC first before Thai brands notice her.

Loma lost her last fight and says her new opponent gives her nothing to lose. She says her goal is to get into the Top 10, but is not sure when it will happen. Loma says for now, it would be good to fight against someone in the Top 10 to help her prepare for her future.

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