MPD: Revoke gun license of village chief
he Manila Police District (MPD) is planning to work on the revocation of the firearms license of a barangay captain who allegedly mauled a teenager in Sta. Cruz, Manila last week.
“Gagawin natin...ipaparevoke natin yung lisensya [ng mga baril] niya dahil nagamit sa kalokohan (What we will do, we will have the licenses [of his firearms] revoked because such were used in a lawless activity),” said MPD Deputy Director for Administration Senior Superintendent Marcelino Pedrozo, referring to Chairman Felipe Falcon, Jr. of Barangay 350, Zone 35.
Pedroso added that Falcon and other barangay officials may also face charges if it is proven that they deleted the closed circuit television (CCTV) footage of the incident.
“Nasa amin yung recorder kaya lang burado. Kung mapapatunayang hindi naman sira at binura lang, pwede namin kasuhan kung sino may possession ng CCTV (The recorder is with us but the file has been deleted. If we prove that it is not corrupted and the file was deliberately deleted, then we can file charges against those involved),” Pedrozo added.
The embattled Falcon was accused of mauling at the barangay hall a 16-year-old resident who failed to recognize him as the barangay captain. The victim said Falcon appeared drunk. The victim sustained head and body wounds and contusions after he was allegedly struck with a metal object and banged against office furniture and appliances.
Pedrozo said a case has been filed against Falcon, who has yet to surface since the alleged incident took place.
“We have already filed the case. Of course, his lawyer’s advice is not to surrender and wait for a warrant of arrest,” Pedrozo said.
Meantime, Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año told Falcon to man up and face his accuser.
“Being a public servant, maging accountable ka at maging responsible sa ginagawa mo. Pakita mo na ikaw ay isang tunay na public servant. Bibigyan ka naman namin ng due process,” he said. (with a report from Alexandria Dennise San Juan)