Ex-PBA coach nabbed for indis­crim­i­nate fir­ing

The Philippine Star - - METRO - ROBERTZON RAMIREZ

A for­mer coach of the Philip­pine Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (PBA) was ar­rested on Fri­day for indis­crim­i­nate fir­ing in a posh sub­di­vi­sion in Barangay Ma­gal­lanes, Makati City, an of­fi­cial said yes­ter­day.

Dante Sil­ve­rio, 81, who is also a sports car en­thu­si­ast and a busi­ness­man, was de­tained at the city po­lice sta­tion af­ter some con­cerned cit­i­zens filed a com­plaint against him for alarm and scan­dal, the South­ern Po­lice District (SPD) said.

Nei­ther Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Ro­ge­lio Si­mon, city po­lice chief, nor the in­ves­ti­ga­tor of the case was avail­able for com­ment. Quot­ing Sil­ve­rio, a source told The

STAR that he fired his gun to de­fend him­self against some Mus­lims fol­low­ing him and at­tack­ing him in Ecol­ogy Vil­lage.

The source said no Mus­lim groups were spot­ted when they ar­rived at the crime scene. It was the first time that Sil­ve­rio com­mit­ted such an act and was slapped with sev­eral com­plaints in the barangay.

Sil­ve­rio al­legedly led po­lice on a brief chase as he tried to es­cape in his white Toy­ota For­tuner – with plate num­ber DSS-33, which stands for Dante Si­son Sil­ve­rio – be­fore he was ar­rested in his of­fice along Chino Ro­ces Ex­ten­sion.

It took two po­lice teams, one of which was from the city’s Spe­cial Weapons and Tac­tics divi­sion, be­fore Sil­ve­rio sur­ren­dered to the po­lice, the source said. Each team had four po­lice of­fi­cers.

The busi­ness­man al­legedly called for his lawyers be­fore he went with the po­lice of­fi­cers.

The source said nei­ther Sil­ve­rio’s car nor his gun, which was al­legedly in the ve­hi­cle, were con­fis­cated.

Sil­ve­rio was de­tained at the po­lice sta­tion for a few hours as he com­plained of stom­ach and chest pains and was ad­mit­ted to the Makati Med­i­cal Cen­ter be­fore dawn yes­ter­day.

The source said a Cab­i­net sec­re­tary and three gen­er­als called the po­lice sta­tion and asked that Sil­ve­rio be put un­der “hos­pi­tal ar­rest.”

Three doc­tors checked Sil­ve­rio’s con­di­tion, with the first two say­ing he was healthy. The third rec­om­mended that the for­mer bas­ket­ball coach be hos­pi­tal­ized due to an un­spec­i­fied ill­ness, the source said.

“At least four high-pro­file of­fi­cials called and told us to grant his re­quest for ‘hu­man­i­tar­ian con­sid­er­a­tions’ even if the first two doc­tors found him healthy,” the source said.

Sil­ve­rio’s daugh­ter Cather­ine “Kit” Sil­ve­rio-Zo­bel, who was on va­ca­tion in Bo­ra­cay, also re­port­edly called the po­lice sta­tion to ask the law­men to treat her fa­ther prop­erly. She is mar­ried to busi­ness ty­coon Fer­nando Zo­bel de Ayala. Sil­ve­rio un­der­went in­quest pro­ceed­ings yes­ter­day af­ter­noon on charges of alarm and scan­dal, un­just vex­a­tion, grave threat and tres­pass­ing.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

A doc­tor tends to Dante Sil­ve­rio as the for­mer Philip­pine Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion coach is trans­ported in an am­bu­lance from the Makati City po­lice sta­tion to the Makati Med­i­cal Cen­ter at around 3:30 a.m. yes­ter­day.

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