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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, March 8, 2011
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Broadcaster lodges complaint,
PNP director denies allegation


Radio Mindanao Network anchor and assistant station manager, Eljhon Castaño, yesterday said he is filing charges against Negros Occidental Police Provincial Police Office director Senior Supt. Allan Guisihan, who, he claimed, hit him at the Silay City police station Sunday.

Guisihan denied the allegation of the broadcaster, saying there were other reporters present during the alleged incident, who could testify that the claims of Castaño are not true.

Castaño said he went to Silay City on Sunday to cover the carnage incident in Brgy. Kapitan Ramon when Guisihan arrived at about 1 p.m.

He said that he approached Guisihan, introduced himself as a reporter of RMN and asked for an interview and Guisihan allegedly replied “A ikaw gali to ang gabanat sa akun (So it’s you who is hitting me in the airwaves)?”

Castaño said that after the interview, Guisihan tapped his stomach and left him. He said he followed him, put his hand on Guishan’s shoulder and apologized, but the police director allegedly hit him twice on the chest.

Castaño has already reported the incident to Police Regional Office-6 director Chief Supt. Cipriano Querol and to Interior and Local Government Secretary Jessie Robredo, and was told to prepare his affidavit of complaint.

Guisihan said he is willing to be investigated and welcomed the charges to be filed against him by Castaño so the truth will come out.

He reiterated that he did not hurt Castaño and only shrugged off his hand and pushed him away because Castaño wanted to put his hand on his shoulders.

Guisihan emphasized that it is improper for Castaño to do that as he was in uniform and they do not know each other personally. He recounted that Castaño approached and introduced himself to him and asked for an interview about the incident in Brgy. Kapitan Ramon.

He added that they then went out of the police station and after the interview he told Castaño not to put words in the mouth of the interviewee, citing his previous live radio interview with the broadcaster.

As he was on his way back to the police station, the broadcaster allegedly followed him and placed his hand on his shoulder again, causing him to shrug it off and push him away, Guisihan said.

Guisihan also challenged Castaño to undergo a medical examination to prove that he, indeed, laid his hand on him.*APN




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