The two detained suspects, who had been arrested for transporting sand and gravel without a permit, as well as resisting arrest on Tuesday in Brgy. Damsite, Murcia, hit back at the arresting Task Force Ilahas personnel, whom they accused of mauling them.
Chief Inspector Gabriel Gutierrez, commander of the Negros Occidental Public Safety Company and concurrent TFI action officer, yesterday said they are filing direct assault upon agent of authority and illegal possession of bladed weapon charges against the arrested suspects, Marjun Pataytay, 25 and his younger brother, Joemar,24.
Police investigations show that Marjun Pataytay, who was driving an Isuzu Elf Forward loaded with seven cubic meters of sand, estimated to have a market value of P7,200, ignored and tried to evade arrest when they were flagged down by TFI and Provincial Environment and Management Office personnel in the place.
Gutierrez said Police Officer 2 Onald Villa, a member of TFI, was almost hit by the truck, while fleeing from the police officers.
Initial investigations by the Murcia police also showed that some students were almost bumped by the fleeing truck, before its driver stopped after a brief chase.
Senior Inspector Norberto Barniso, Murcia police chief, said the arrested suspects claimed that they were manhandled by TFI personnel, who pointed guns at them.
Gutierrez said he is investigating the accusations of the two suspects against the TFI personnel.
He, however, said the two failed to present any documents authorizing them to extract sand and gravel in Brgy. Damsite, Murcia.
Barniso said an 11-inch bladed weapon, allegedly taken from the two, was endorsed by TFI operatives to the Murcia police, while the vehicle and its cargo are now impounded at the town police headquarters.
Gutierrez said Villa also sustained abrasions in various parts of his body as a result of the incident.
Marjun Pataytay serves as driver of the impounded truck owned by a certain Maritess Cabahug, he added.* GPB