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Bacolod City, Philippines Friday, July 22, 2011
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Several policemen from Police Station 1 in Bacolod City  may be held administratively liable for complaints filed by a Bacoleño, who alleged  that he was manhandled by barangay tanods in their presence and they did not do anything to stop it, deputy city police director, Supt. Santiago Rapiz, said yesterday.

Rapiz said city police office director, Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz, ordered Insp. Homer Vargas of the Investigation Branch to lead the probe.

Melchor Galvardo, 37, of Purok Maya in Brgy. 16, Bacolod, said that the barangay tanods who arrested him Tuesday mauled him in front of Station 1 policemen, who did not do anything to stop it nor bring him to the hospital.

Gertudes, the mother of Galvardo, told de la Paz Wednesday that she had to bring her son to the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital, where he is now confined.

An initial investigation conducted by Vargas, showed that Galvardo, who was observed to be under the influence of liquor, was apprehended at about 2 a.m. on July 19 when he allegedly entered the residence of Efren Billones at Quezon Avenue in Brgy. 36.

An improvised shotgun or “sulpak” with live ammunition was recovered from Galvardo when he was apprehended, a police report showed.

Vargas said Galvardo fought back causing bystanders to maul him, adding that, the team of Patrol 117 examined him and  Chief Insp. Ulysses Ortiz, Station 1 commander, advised jailer Police Officer 1 Dante Cawaling to send Galvardo to the hospital for treatment.

Senior Police Officer 1 Melchur Villanueva, team leader of the Police Community Precinct in Brgy. 16, said that he saw the bystanders mauling Galvardo.

Rapiz said they are still trying to identify the tanods who apprehended Galvardo to shed light on the complaint.*APN




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