De La Paz orders probe
of maltreatment claim
Bacolod City Police Director Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz yesterday ordered the Investigation and Detective Management Branch to investigate the allegation of a teenage theft suspect that he was maltreated by four policemen of Station 6 Saturday.
Station 6 commander Chief Insp. Placido Gentoleo denied that his policemen maltreated the teenager, who, he said, is a noted thief in Brgy. Taculing and other neighboring barangays.
The theft suspect, 17, of Purok Cosmos in Brgy. Taculing, Bacolod, whose name is being withheld, told the DAILY STAR and BOMBO Radyo Bacolod that he was apprehended at about 4 a.m. Saturday at Doña Juliana Subdivision in Brgy. Taculing after he and his two companions attempted to steal a car battery.
The teenager said the policemen handcuffed him and hit his chest and stomach and inserted bullets in between his fingers and squeezed them while asking him to disclose the names of his companions.
He also said that one of the policemen hit his neck with a .45 caliber pistol during interrogation. He, however, failed to identify the policemen as their faces were covered with cloth.
The teenager’s mother, a sidewalk vendor, admitted that her son is indeed involved in several theft incidents in Brgy. Taculing but said the policemen should not maltreat him.
Police Officer 1 Matt Alvaran, one of those who apprehended the teenager, said they received a call that a theft suspect was apprehended at the Las Palmas Subdivision in Brgy. Taculing.
Alvaran said they went to the area and saw the teenager, whose hands were already tied with a nylon cord. He said the teenager had hematomas on his body because the bystanders had mauled him.
Alvaran stressed that the policemen of Station 6 did not lay their hands on the teenager, contrary to his claims.
Meanwhile, the teenager said he escaped from SDC to warn his mother against his companions who planned to retaliate against him, thinking that he had squealed about them to the police.
The teenager was supposed to surrender to De la Paz at the BCPO yesterday but he did not show up.
Contacted by BOMBO Radyo, his mother said her son decided to leave as he is afraid for his safety.
De la Paz yesterday urged the teenager to surrender so he could formally file his complaint. He also emphasized to the policemen to always respect the human rights of the suspects and not to hurt them, especially if they are minors.*APN
Bacolod cop cleared of
The Bacolod City Police Investigation and Detective Management Branch cleared another policeman of alleged involvement in the illegal operation of jai-alai, City Police Director, Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz, said yesterday.
De la Paz said that the IDMB did not find no sufficient evidence to indict Senior Police Officer 1 Carlos Berondo of the Public Safety Management Company of being involved in the illegal operations of jai- alai.
Berondo was earlier accused of involvement in the jai-alai operations when he was reportedly seen in the premises of an apartment at Lopez Jaena Street, Bacolod on August 16, where an anti-illegal gambling raid was conducted by members of the Police Regional Special Operations Group.
In his sworn statement, Berondo admitted that he was at a variety store near the apartment where the raid was being conducted because the owner of the apartment was his schoolmate in high school.
Edwin de la Peña, the owner of the apartment where the raid was conducted, also issued a sworn statement in defense of Berondo, saying that he invited the policeman, who was with his family at that time, to drop by and have a bottle of beer.
They both dismissed as baseless and malicious the statements of Police Officer 3 Richard Delasa, a raiding team member, to the media that Berondo was involved in the illegal gambling.
Berondo also asked why the RSOG fail to arrest him and did not include his name in their report, if he was indeed engaged in the illegal jai- alai operation.
Earlier, the IDMB cleared Police Officer 3 Marlon de la Peña of the Bacolod City Legal Enforcement Team also for alleged involvement in illegal jai-alai operations.
De la Paz said that there was not enough evidence to substantiate the allegations against De la Peña.*APN
molder found dead
A machine shop molder was found lifeless at his work place in Brgy. 1, Bacolod City at about 6 a.m. Sunday.
The fatality was identified yesterday as Fortunato Guadalupe Jr., 48, of Aning Street in Brgy. Pahanocoy, Bacolod.
Case investigator Police Officer 2 Orlando Caporal of Police Station 2 said investigation showed that Guadalupe’s co-worker Bejie Bacos, who went inside the barracks at the MMc Machine shop at 27th-Lacson Street, found Guadalupe lying on his bed, and did not seem to be breathing anymore, with blood coming out of his nose and mouth.
Bacos sought the help of their secretary, whose name was not disclosed, and reported the incident to Police Station 2. When the medical team of Patrol 117 led by John Alvia arrived, it declared Guadalupe dead, Station 2 chief, Senior Insp. Lester Leada, said.
The police are setting aside the possibility of foul play in the death of Guadalupe as there were no wounds found on his body, and his valuables were all intact, Leada said.
He also said that further investigation revealed that Guadalupe was suffering from an unknown illness. However, the police has requested that Guadalupe’s body be autopsied to ascertain the cause of his death.*APN