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PNP defends cops involved in Moreno’s arrest

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PNP spokesperson Chief Supt. Generoso Cerbo Jr. INQUIRER.NET FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine National Police said it will give Manila Police district officers involved in the arrest of Manila Vice Mayor “Isko Moreno” Domagoso and his companions the “presumption of regularity,” unless it is proven that the police operation conducted over the weekend is indeed politically motivated as alleged by the official.

PNP spokesman, Chief Superintendent Generoso Cerbo, issued the statement amid allegations from Moreno’s group that Mayor Alfredo Lim, the main rival of the actor-turned-politician’s running mate former President Joseph Estrada,  was behind their arrest on Saturday afternoon.

“The PNP is looking into all angles, but it is presumed that the officers conducted the arrest properly unless it’s proven that their action was ‘election motivated,’” Cerbo said in Filipino.

Reports had it that Domagoso and five others, namely Councilors Jong Isip, Joel Chua, Benny Ang, Yul Servo and Maria Asuncion Fugoso, were arrested after they were allegedly involved in an illegal gambling activity on Tambunting Street in Manila around 5 p.m. Lim earlier denied having to do anything in the group’s arrest.

The vice mayor and the councilors were detained at the Quiapo station headed by its commander, Superintendent Ricardo Layug.

“That’s the trouble with them. They would violate the law and when the police act they will cry it’s politically motivated,” Lim deplored.

“Then they would accuse some people. There’s only one question on this matter. Did they violate the law or not? Are these officials above the law? If it’s going to be like this then cops will feel useless,” Lim said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Domagoso said in a TV interview Monday that he is set to file complaints against police officers who arrested his group for allegedly hurting them as tension rose during the incident.

“’Yung isang konsehal ko sinasakal ng pulis, binuhat ng isang pulis, eh inawat ko. Tapos nagkagulo na ang taong bayan, there are about 2,000 people in the area, bata at matanda. Syempre naawa ako, inawat ko sila. In the end, kaming lahat ang inaresto,” Domagoso said in the interview.

(One of the councilors was being strangled by a cop, so I tried to break it up. Then chaos ensued, there were about 2,000 people in the area, children and old people. Of course, I tried to pacify them. In the end we were all arrested.)

Cerbo said he has yet to receive the official report from the Manila Police District about the incident.


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Tags: 2013 politics , Alfredo Lim , Crime , election hotspots , illegal gambling , Isko Moreno , Joseph Estrada , Manila politics , Metro , News


  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZKPNHSPBMK74VZ3GBIPNTJA7KE Edwin

    yan po ay pangangampanya na….wala raw taya yung bingo game pero may pangalan ng kandidato ung bingo card..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KAAEZZZL7OMMZ5K4KCFETADLSM jerome

    And ito po ang storya ng pulitika sa PINAS…..

  • azkal futbol

    sa mga tangang botante ng maynila – magpauto pa kayo sa kalokohan ng inyong mga pulitiko… sila lang ang yumayaman, habang kayo ay laging gutom ang tyan. bago namulitika si domagoso, ano ba sya dati. paano lumaki ang yaman nya – sige pauto pa tayo sa UNA… nagnakaw na nga dati, gusto pa nating ibalik sa pamamahala

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/54WGLNODANXUF53ONGOW2EY26Y Jey-R

    hehe, ayos tong bingohan na to, libre may chance ka pang manalo..galing talaga ng style ng pangangampanya ng mga artistang politko natin. ba’t pa kasi sumasali ang mga artista.pwe, porke’t sumikat pati sa pulitika sumabak na rin sila..haay, kakaunti na lang talaga ang marangal na mga politko sa atin. basta manalo kahit ano nalang kanilang gingawa..next time may libreng pa lotto na mga yan..haha

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VUT4YW36QJREEGOBH5IYKNQMKI Kokak

    Is it a question of whether the act was politically-motivated or not? I think the basic question is whether Isko and company violated any law?
    .

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W7TPARCYJFCSA3PBQAM3MVZO3E kurakut

    DAPAT SABIHIN MO NA WALA KANG NILABAG NA BATAS!  HUWAG ANG “POLITICAL HARASSMENT” DAHIL LUMA NA AT KUMITA NA YANG ALIBI.  

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JKS7Y3WBUOJPOMTYPCRXSKW7KM Franzeline Perdubal

    Isko Moreno – Kung matino ba naman ang pag iisip mo, bakit ka magpapabinggo sa gitna ng kalye?

    At bakit si Erap pa pinili mo na halos di na makalakad? Prepare your lawyer and show your innocence. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UWISP2YXGDQ7K2SIX2GI37B2EI Darwin

    Hahaha. Gaguhin nyo ang mga sarili nyong botante wag ang pamahalaang panglungsod ng Maynila.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Isko, makahanap ka sana ng bidyo na sinasakal ang kunsehal mo
    para mapanindigan mo ang sinabi mo.
    Sana magpa interview yung kunsehal.
    Baka si kunsehal fugoso ay mag akusa na hinipuan sya!

  • puza65

    ung mayor at vice mayor parehong BOBO…it’s more fun in manila sabi nga ni isko…fun-durukot fun-daraya…

  • binatangtagabukid

    sayang walang umagaw umano ng baril para mas maganda balita

  • lolo_Jose

    IYAN ang problema kasi, magboboto ng LAOS NA ARTISTA NA NGA, ALA PANG

    PINAG ARALAN!!! TANGING KUWALIPIKASYON NIYA, NAGING SIYOTA NI
    GERMAN MORENO at akala niya LAHAT MABIBIGHANI SA KANYA!!!

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/VBN5IUGKHSGIHDV5L6QVG2KBTI Leop233

       wtf are you talking about? u high bro?

      • lolo_Jose

        NOPE!!! Perhaps am saner than you..IKAW, nakanguya ka din ng KATOL BA?

  • boybakal

    I agree…The cops have every right to arrest if they believe that the crime is being committed or about to commit a crime…Bingo is illegal and crime if the purpose is other than charity.

  • Gerry Signey

    Mga Taga Manila Gising naman kayo apektado rin kaming hindi taga diyan, dahil ang lugar nyo ang Capital ng bansa natin.. please naman, Bumoto kayo ng mga taong mapag kakatiwalaan nyo yung hindi kayo tayo mabobola…sige kayo baka tawagin ang pilipinas na capital of BINGO GAMES….dahil legal daw kahit saan pwede….NGA , NGA , TAYO…onli in da Pilipins…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FNBBNCCS7FK4K6ZEMT2XMEN5JQ RAMONS

    gen. purisima aka gen. santisima.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YOPEBQOPDVWGCIC537UBHQH7LA Jayvee

    Yang bingguhan abala as kalsada, Itong si isko wala pa ring natutunan pati mga adviser Nya. Hindi Kanya ang maynila! Ang maynila ay para sa tiga maynila! Hindi para sa tiga San Juan. At ang maynila ay hindi si isko. Santisima ka Indo, alam m naman na artista ka yung Paawa effect mo kumita na yan. Napanood na namin yan, magtrabaho ka na Lang as bise at tumulong sa mga Tao Kesha nagbababad ka sa binguhan. Marunong ang Diyos, matalino ang Lumikha at alam Niya Kung sino ang Hindi nagsasabi ng totoo! Mga tiga maynila! Gumising tayo, makialam, makibaka, para sa ikauunlad ng Pilipinas!!!



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