TWO members of the La Union police were now under restrictive custody for allegedly mauling an arrested suspect, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Dionardo Bernardo Carlos on Sunday said.
Carlos ordered BGen. Emmanuel Peralta, regional director of Police Regional Office 1, to place under restrictive custody SSg. Benjie Mamuyac and Cpl. Quincy Von Obillo at the La Union Police Provincial Station.
They are currently undergoing investigation over the alleged manhandling of Roy Servera, 40, in the City of San Fernando shortly after midnight on December 24.
Initial reports showed that Servera was arrested by BPAT officers on the complaint of Benjamin Cabading, 63, who accused Servera of kicking and pushing him to the ground along Pennsylvania Avenue in Barangay Madayegdeg at 12:40 a.m.
The BPAT personnel subsequently turned over the drunk Servera to the Police Community Precinct beside the Lueco sub-station where Mamuyac and Obillo were on duty.
Upon learning of Servera’s alleged offense against Cabading, Mamuyac and Obillo allegedly took turns mauling Servera.
Peralta said that placing the two police officers under restrictive custody will ensure their availability for further investigation.
Carlos lauded Peralta for his swift action.
“Much as we want to give justice to the oppressed, we cannot tolerate any unnecessary actions that are unlawful and against PNP operational policies,” Carlos said.