Cops check on gun-toting man in Dasma schoolBy Niña Calleja
Philippine Daily Inquirer
“My goodness, somebody had shouted invectives at your child and pointed a loaded gun at his forehead. Wouldn’t you think this man should be in jail?”
The grandmother of the 18-year-old student who was allegedly bullied by the gun-toting father of one his classmates inside the upscale Colegio de San Agustin campus in Dasmariñas Village, Makati City, said the boy’s family plans to bring the case to court.
“We want his two gun licenses canceled. We should not let this man go away,” said Asuncion Gonzalez, referring to Allan Bantiles, reportedly a Quezon City resident.
The Inquirer learned that three weeks after the Aug. 30 incident was reported, the Makati police secured affidavits from the boy and his father only on Saturday and were yet to invite the gun-wielding parent for questioning.
An initial report filed in the Dasmariñas barangay hall and Makati police Substation 6 showed that hours before the incident, Gonzalez’s grandson was summoned to the guidance counselor’s office after he punched a classmate in the face. The classmate had allegedly harassed Gonzalez’s grandson for days.
Bantiles later arrived and confronted Gonzalez’ grandson.
The report quoted Gonzalez’ grandson as saying: “I apologized and then he slapped me. He told me I was crazy and kept insulting me.”
“He even said, ’Do you want me to shoot you?’ He then instructed his driver to bring his bag over. Then he pulled out a gun and said he can shoot me (on the spot).”
Bantiles was eventually pacified by the school teachers, the report said.
Superintendent Jaime Santos, acting Makati police chief, said he had ordered an investigation. “We already got statements from (Gonzalez’ grandson) and his father. We will start from there,” he said.
Santos said Bantiles would be invited to air his side and for police to check if his guns were licensed. Bantiles reportedly owns two pistols, a 9-mm and a Colt .45.
According to Gonzalez, Bantiles’ car passes to the gated village had been cancelled by the homeowners’ association of Dasmariñas.