2 WIT­NESSES SAY BROTHERS IN VI­RAL VIDEO PRO­VOKED COP

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - METRO - By Dex­ter Ca­balza @dex­ca­balza­INQ

PO2 Manuel Tay­tayon may have al­ready been judged by ne­ti­zens as an ar­ro­gant gun-tot­ing po­lice­man but two eye­wit­nesses are claim­ing oth­er­wise.

In their af­fi­davits ob­tained by the In­quirer, Ru­ford dela Rosa and Alexan­der Tolosa dis­proved the claims of Ralph Davenz Al­tea and his 17-year-old brother.

Al­tea and his brother ear­lier filed a com­plaint against the po­lice­man, ac­cus­ing Tay­tayon of child abuse. Both claimed he cursed them and pointed a gun at them dur­ing a road rage al­ter­ca­tion on Apelo Cruz Street in Pasay City on July 26.

A video of the in­ci­dent, which has gone vi­ral, showed the two par­ties trad­ing in­vec­tives. Tay­tayon, a mem­ber of the South­ern Po­lice Dis­trict’s (SPD) in­tel­li­gence di­vi­sion, has filed a coun­ter­suit against the brothers. He has since been re- lieved by the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion Po­lice Of­fice.

Tolosa, a res­i­dent of Pasay City, said that he wit­nessed the July 26 in­ci­dent, adding that when Tay­tayon alighted from his car to ap­proach the brothers, ka. Al­tea swore at him: “P**** T*****do.”

The brothers, he claimed, were also pro­vok­ing Tay­tayon, with the el­der Al­tea telling him, “Ano ha? T****do ka. Sisikat ka na. T***a (What now? I’ll make you fa­mous),” while con­tin­u­ing to video the en­counter.

Tolosa said that when Tay­tayon tried to re­turn to his car, the brothers stopped him and told him “Wait for the po­lice­men. T****do.”

On the other hand, Dela Rosa, a res­i­dent of San Pe­dro, La­guna, said he was in Pasay City to visit his girl­friend when he saw the com­mo­tion.

In his af­fi­davit, he said when Tay­tayon’s wife went out of their car and tried to stop the al­ter­ca­tion be­tween her hus­band and the brothers, the el­der Al­tea “ha­rassed the old woman and cussed her for help­ing [Tay­tayon].”

Both of the wit­nesses also claimed they did not see Tay­tayon point his gun at the Al- teas, con­trary to their post on Face­book.

The af­fi­davits of Dela Rosa and Tolosa were at­tached to the cy­ber­bul­ly­ing and cy­ber­li­bel com­plaint filed by Tay­tayon on Fri­day in the Pasay City Pros­e­cu­tor’s Of­fice against the Al­teas.

Mean­while, a new vi­ral video has sur­faced on­line, show­ing Tay­tayon in sports clothes shoo­ing away and swear­ing at bik­ers at the prom­e­nade area of a mall in Pasay City.

The per­son who posted the video, iden­ti­fied as Matt Bague, said that they were tak­ing pic­tures in the area when the man called them names and tried to drive them away.

Supt. Jenny Tec­son, SPD spokesper­son, con­firmed that the man was Tay­tayon. She said the new video would also be used in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion against him. The 54-year-old po­lice­man is set to re­tire in De­cem­ber 2018.

Manuel Tay­tayon

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