Don’t lose respect

Give law enforcers courtesy they deserve: Duterte

Mayor Rodrigo Duterte yesterday reiterated his warning for everyone to respect law enforcers as he said the incident about a police officer mauled by scions from prominent families shouldn’t happen again.“I do not want that particular scene repeated. I will not allow that our police forces are beaten up, people will lose respect,” he said in the Sunday program Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa.

However, even if the mayor said that PO2 Richie Paul Lozano had every right to shoot his attackers, he acknowledged that it was an “act of prudence” on the part of the police officer not to use his firearm.

“He might have seen that his attackers had no firearm, or he did not want other people in the area to get hit,” Duterte said. “There was too much prudence, he wasn’t able to get his firearm anymore.”

The incident transpired in the early hours of Oct. 31 near Matina Town Square, outside the gates of Ateneo de Davao Grade School along MacArthur Highway.

Lozano was out with his girlfriend and, according to records of the Talomo Police Precinct, asked one of the suspects not to vomit at the wall of a school in the area. One of the suspects got angry and punched the police officers, after which his companions joined the fray.

Sued for attempted murder and direct assault are Abdul Moamar Malambut Manalao, 23, of Bario Obrero; Adzmin Bueno Kumayog, 24, of San Lorenzo in Puan; and Harold Barambangan Tomawis, 21, of Parang, Maguindanao.

Similar cases were also filed under regular filing against Markson Jackson Reyes, of Trading, Bucana, Brgy. 76-A, son of former councilor Jackson Reyes.

Law enforcers, meanwhile, are preparing an obstruction of justice case to be filed against Nisreen S. Mohd Khurshid for assisting Reyes to escape.

The suspects have claimed that Lozano pointed their firearm at them first.

“It is not the personalities involved, but it was the behavior of the police at the time. He should have shot them,” said Duterte.

On Nov. 1, the mayor released a statement on the incident as he said it was an insult to the authorities.

“When you are reprimanded by a peace officer regarding your disorderly conduct, and you assault the police, that is direct assault,” he said. “These guys are facing serious legal trouble because this is a crime against public order and crime against a person.”(with reports from Ma. Cecilia Badian)