Bato: Probe ‘maltreatment’ of Misamis Occ. mayor

August 1, 2023 Camille P. Balagtas 256 views

SENATORS urged the need to investigate the alleged inhumane and irregular acts done by police officers and other individuals against Mayor Samson Dumanjug of Bonifacio, Misamis Occidental.

Through Senate Resolution No. 698, the measure mandates the committee on public order and dangerous drugs to conduct an inquiry into the alleged violation committed by PNP personnel.

Sen. Ronaldo Bato dela Rosa, chairperson of the Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs, presided over the public inquiry that involved several police officers.

Dela Rosa assured all parties concerned that the committee does not intend to pass judgment or impose punishment, but to ferret out the truth and come up with recommendations.

“There are more than two sides to every story. There is a third side – the complete and unfiltered truth – which is what we hope to unearth in today’s hearing,” Dela Rosa said Tuesday, August 1, 2023.

Sen. Ramon Bong Revilla said it is important to dig out the truth in order to restore the trust of people to the police force. “We want the truth behind the incident to unravel.” Revilla insisted.

Revilla stressed that the hearing does not intend to put the police force in bad light, but instead restore trust in the police.

“Through this hearing, with the help of our hard-working chairman, the real story behind social media posts and videos will be revealed. When the truth prevails, so shall justice be served,” Revilla said in mixed Filipino and English.

Present in the said hearing include DILG officials as well as PNP and AFP personnels of Misamis Occidental.

Based on reports, Dumanjug sought the help of Sen. Dela Rosa stating that he was forcibly ejected from his office by the PNP and unknown people last June 16, 2023 as narrated that those people were wearing full battle gear and equipped with high powered ammunition.

The procedure based on testimony was not normal, as some PNP personnel even broke the windows of the Mayor’s office, disarmed his escort and forced him to sit in a wheelchair for no apparent reason with his hand and feet wrapped in the wheelchair and head wrapped with a malong then boarded him in an ambulance.

“This action must not be tolerated and ignored,” dela Rosa, a former PNP chief turned senator, said.