Sta­tion chief de­nies po­lice bru­tal­ity ac­cu­sa­tions on so­cial me­dia

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A po­lice sta­tion chief has de­nied a so­cial me­dia post which ac­cused his men for maul­ing a rob­bery sus­pect in Up­per Nazareth, Ca­gayan de Oro City last Novem­ber 29, say­ing it was a fab­ri­cated story to de­stroy the po­lice’s rep­u­ta­tion.

Se­nior In­spec­tor Mario Man­tala, po­lice sta­tion 9 com­man­der, said the ac­cu­sa­tion was posted by Face­book

user Hostado Abo­gado last De­cem­ber 2. The ac­count can no longer be ac­cessed as of this post­ing.

The post con­tains pho­tos of rob­bery sus­pect iden­ti­fied as Jan­bert Pag­ula.23, full of bruises and in­juries all over his body.

The post said “Taga gabii na lang daw siya ku­lata­hon sa po­lice sa Ma­casandig basta mahubog gainom daw ang po­lice sa Ma­casandig taga gabii su­lod sa ilang barax asang hus­tisya ana?”

Man­tala in­sists he does not con­done po­lice bru­tal­ity as he al­ways re­minds his men to up­hold and re­spect hu­man rights even those ac­cused of crimes.

“Wala siya giku­lata sa atong sakop ug dili hubog ang atong kapolisan dinhi kay bawal na,” Man­tala said.

Man­tala clar­i­fied that by­standers in the area were the ones who beat up the sus­pect when he and his two com­pan­ions ran for cover on board a mo­tor­cy­cle af­ter rob­bing a girl near a con­ve­nience store in barangay Ma­casandig.

The other two sus­pects fled. Man­tala said the maul­ing of the sus­pect was cap­tured by an­other res­i­dent and posted it in Face­book.

He main­tained the re­spond­ing po­lice­men saved the sus­pect’s life from the fu­ri­ous res­i­dents.

Pag­ula said he was thank­ful to the re­spond­ing po­lice­men who brought him to the JR Borja Gen­eral Hospi­tal to get treat­ment.

“Moabot tin­gali sa 30 ka mga tawo apil mga is­tam­bay ang nagku­lata sa ako. Nag­pasala­mat ko sa po­lice kay pag-abot nila naun­dang na ang pap­ku­lata sa ako,” the sus­pect said, who is now de­tained.

Man­tala said Pag­ula and two sus­pects at-large will face rob­bery and il­le­gal posses­sion of bladed weapons charges.

He also said they are also mulling to press on­line li­bel charges against the per­son who posted a “fake news” in Face­book.

He said Hos­gado Abo­gado may have kept grudges to­wards the po­lice sta­tion or the or­ga­ni­za­tion, as they are in­ves­ti­gat­ing his full iden­tity.

“Naa mi idea kinsa na si Abo­gado nga posi­ble duna siyay kaso sa kapolisan ug posi­ble nga taga diha ra sa area. Pa­dayon atong imbesti­gasyon,” Man­tala said. Al­wen Salir­ing

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