Brgy chief ac­cused of maul­ing asked to yield

Tempo - - News - By ALEXAN­DRIA SAN JUAN

The Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment chief has urged a Manila barangay chair­man and his per­son­nel who were al­legedly in­volved in maul­ing a 16-yearold boy in Sta. Cruz, Manila to sur­face and yield to au­thor­i­ties.

De­part­ment of In­te­rior and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Sec­re­tary Ed­uardo Año called on Barangay 350 Chair­man Felipe Jr. Fal­con to be "man enough to face the con­se­quences of his ac­tions."

"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.

Re­port showed that Fal­con al­legedly beat up a 16-year-old boy who did not rec­og­nize him and in­stead called him "ka­gawad" (coun­cilor) last Novem­ber 3.

Due to the in­ci­dent, the vic­tim sus­tained head wounds and had to go to the hos­pi­tal for his in­juries.

Should the vic­tim file a case at the Of­fice of the Om­buds­man, Fal­con and his five other per­son­nel might be sus­pended pend­ing the re­sult of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Año said they will not tol­er­ate any abuse, es­pe­cially done by elected of­fi­cials who should act as pub­lic ser­vants.

"Kailan­gan dito ay ip­inakikita natin ang pagig­ing tu­nay na pub­lic ser­vant at walang abu­song gi­na­gawa," he stated.

The DILG chief added that the De­part­ment will also file ad­min­is­tra­tive charges against the barangay chair­man and his coun­cil mem­bers who were al­legedly in­volved in the in­ci­dent.

(Jansen Romero)

WORK­ERS of the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Manila De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (MMDA) col­lect garbage ma­te­ri­als dur­ing their coastal cleanup Satur­day at Manila Bay on Satur­day.

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