Man who dragged cop with his motorbike charged  

THE OFFICE of the City Prosecutor found probable cause to charge a man for disobeying the security protocols during the ASEAN Summit at SM Lanang Premiere on Feb. 6

Adrian C. Luyaga was charged by Prosecutor Rizalyn Y. Gonzales for disobedience and resistance to person in authority.

The case stemmed from the complaint filed by SPO2 Sherlou D. Himulatan and PO3 Jerry Matoran Legarda, both assigned at Sta. Ana Police Precinct.

Based on the complaint, Himulatan and Legarda were manning the vehicle security assistance at gate 3 of SM Lanang when Layuga drove in his motorcycle without a plate number.

Layuga was flagged down and asked to remove his helmet. He was also asked why he had no numbered plate.  Laguya took the plate number from his bag and explained that it was detached recently.

Out of suspicion, Himulatan asked for his driver’s license and certificate of registration of the motorcycle but Layuga failed to produce any.

Himulatan instructed him to stay so while he contacts a traffic investigator. But Layuga started the engine and dragged Himulatan a few meters, which caused scrapes to his left knee.

Layuga escaped but surrendered to the security personnel of the shopping mall.

Gonzales, in his Feb. 10 resolution, said the order given by Himulatan to Laguya was lawful.

“His failure to comply with or refusal to obey the order … constitutes the felony of serious disobedience, penalize under paragraph 1 of said Article 151,” the resolution read.

However, the slight physical injury case because dismissed because according to the prosecutor the injury sustained by the police officer is a “constitutive element of the crime of serious disobedience under Article 151 of the Revised Penal Code.”

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