Raps eyed vs La Castellana mayor, police
COMPLAINTS of illegal arrest and illegal detention will be filed this week against re-elected La Castellana Mayor Rhumyla Nicor-mangilimutan and the police force of La Castellana Municipal Police Station, Lawyer Reyanldo Estandarte, legal counsel of complainant Reynaldo Villa Torre, said.
Estandarte, in a press conference with Villa Torre, said that they are now preparing all the documents to file the illegal arrest and illegal detention charges before the Office of the Ombudsman against the La Castellana mayor and all the police force of La Castellana Municipal Police Station.
He said Villa Torre’s 17-year old son will also file separate charges for child abuse against the mayor and the police.
He added on May 11, Villa Torre, a political supporter of Chad Feria, a mayoralty can
didate in La Castellana, was arrested in his house for alleged libel at Barangay Cabacungan and was only released on May 13 with no charges filed against him up to the present time.
Estandarte pointed out that his client was taking a dinner in his house so they cannot implement a citizen arrest because he was already inside his house and was not caught in the act committing a crime.
He said Villa Torrre’s son was also asked to point his father as the person responsible for the dissemination of black propacity. ganda during campaign.
“He was asked (the minor) to point his father as culprit so it’s a violation of family bond for trying to put in rift between a father and a son,” he added.
Estandarte noted that they earlier filed an election protest and violation of omnibus election code with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) against the La Castellana mayor.
Nicor- Mangilimutan earlier said that she will also sue the complainant for damages.
Nicor-mangilimutan won her re-election bid against Chad Feria with a lead of 3,000 votes.
Nicor-mangilimutan said that she is filing libel charges against a supporter of her opponent for allegedly distributing black propaganda materials that maligned her and her family.
She said they delayed the filing of charges as she hoped that the person concerned would show remorse.
For his part, Feria said that he’s willing to support his supporters since they need his help.
He said his supporters also have the right to file complaints./map