DCPO to press suit vs. 4 drinking men

DESPITE the apologies issued by the four so-called disrespectful drinking buddies, the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) is adamant to file charges against them to teach the public that everyone should respect persons in authority.

“It’s unfortunate, that these same people whom we serve and protect will curse the people who are there to serve and protect them,” said DCPO Director Sr. Supt. Alexander Tagum. “Therefore, we will pursue the filing of appropriate criminal case against these persons.”

Yesterday, the four men went to Sasa Police Precinct to ask apology to PO1s Sheila Mae Medel and Rosemarie Rodriquez.

On Friday at around 10 p.m., the two policewomen approached the four men for having a drinking session at the parking area along the highway in Vista Verde, Panacan.

But instead of following the order, the four men–Richard Roscael Saycon, Dannyboy Silvosa Maratas, Harvey Porras Cruzada and a certain James–scolded the police officers.

The existing city ordinance only prohibits drinking in public places from 1 a.m. to 8 a.m. However, the city is under Martial Law, where the law enforcers can impose curfews and suspend civil rights.

Tagum told TIMES yesterday that what happened in Panacan is “part of the normal hazard of our police service.”

“I have reminded them that as female members of the Police Force, they should never feel self-pity for what happened but rather they should immediately arrest these social deviants who disrespected their authority as police officers,” Tagum said.

Chief Insp. Emerson Pugong, the commander of Sasa Police Precinct, said they are preparing a case for disobedience of person in authority against the four respondents.

Based on the report, the two policewomen and two police volunteers were conducting foot patrol in the area when they saw the group of persons having a drinking session along the highway.

The police officers said they politely approached the men to wrap up the session.

But one of the men, identified as Maratas, got irked.

Maratas insisted that there is no ordinance yet that forbids the drinking of alcoholic beverages in public places as Mayor Sara Duterte has yet to sign the ordinance (see related story).

Maratas further said they are willing to see the police officers in court because they didn’t violate any law when they were drinking in the parking area.

Further, the group of men belittled them saying they are only police women with the rank of PO1.

And Maratas bragged that he could ask for their re-assignment in the far-flung Marilog district.

PO1 Rodriguez then called for a back-up. A mobile patrol arrived few minutes later.

Maratas claimed it was the policewomen who were impolite when they were approached.

But the two police women said they greeted the men with “Maayong gabii, Sir” (good evening, sir).

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