MPD: Re­voke gun li­cense of vil­lage chief

Manila Bulletin - - News - By RIA FER­NAN­DEZ

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)

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