Vol. XX No. 99

December 6, 2000

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Bgy. chief, cop sued for mauling farmer

A barangay captain and a member of the Baras police force is in hot water along with another man for the alleged mauling of a defenseless farmer three months ago.

The belated report identified the victim as one Rogelio Tenerife y Valenzuela, 40, married and a resident of barangay Osmena. His attackers were named as Jose Masagca y Valenzuela, 37, married, also a farmer; Osmena barangay captain Juan Timuat Jr. y Vergara; and, SPO1 Eddie Tatel y Tatad, 38.

The report said that Tenerife was outside the house of a certain Dulcesimo Torres at about 9 P.M. of September 12 when the latter was punched by Masagca without provocation.

Instead of pacifying Masagca, the barangay captain and SPO1 Tatel struck the victim with the use of bamboo pickets until he fell down on his back. The mauling was only stopped when Tenerife's mother and Felimon Barrameda intervened.

As a result of multiple bodily injuries, Tenerife was taken to the nearest hospital for treatment. A case of frustrated murder is set to be filed against the trio.

Meanwhile, 24 pedicabs in the capital town of Virac were stopped and impounded for violation of traffic laws and for being without municipal permits.

A team led by Insp. Rosita S. Vargas, deputy chief of police, made the apprehensions at a checkpoint set up at night of November 26 to ensure compliance by pedicab drivers with pertinent laws. Most were found to be cruising without lights while several were found to be operating without municipal franchises.




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