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Word war further heats up between Lim, Domagoso

PNP defends men who carried out arrests

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Accusations and counteraccusations flew fast and thick Monday between former political allies turned bitter rivals Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim and Vice Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso as each held a press conference to denounce the other and defend himself.

Lim called Domagoso a drama king and urged him to stop the lies and politicking while the latter accused him of sending threatening text messages to his wife.

Even Chief Insp. Ed Morata—the head of the Blumentritt police community precinct whose members arrested Domagoso and four councilors for illegal gambling—joined the fray.

In an interview over Radyo Inquirer 990 AM, Morata claimed that former President Joseph Estrada, Domagoso’s running mate under the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), bullied him at the city prosecutor’s office.

The continuing word war stemmed from the arrest of Domagoso, Councilors Joel Chua, Ma. Asuncion “Re” Fugoso, Ernesto “Jong” Isip Jr. and Yul Servo Nieto and former councilor Manuel Zarcal over a bingo game they sponsored on Saturday on Tambunting Street in the Sta. Cruz area on Saturday. The five are among UNA’s candidates for city councilors.

Domagoso, who was accused of daring Morata and Manila Police District Station 3 commander Supt. Ricardo Layug to arrest him, cried harassment and claimed that the policemen were Lim’s lapdogs. He maintained that bingo was not a form of illegal gambling as he revealed that following his arrest, his wife has been receiving threatening text messages from an anonymous sender.

At the same time, he said his group would file in the Office of Ombudsman criminal charges of abuse of authority and assault on a person of authority against the police officials who took them into custody.

Asserting that his group was arrested illegally and forcibly, Domogoso said these policemen would also be charged administratively in the National Police Commission.

“Out of 200 people, only six of us were arrested and their accusation was [a violation] of Presidential Decree 1602 (antiillegal gambling law). But they thought of the charges only nine and a half hours after our arrest,” he told reporters.

But in the same breath, Domagoso said his group was exercising care in preparing the cases to be filed.

“We don’t want to just go and accuse people, especially those who couldn’t do anything because they were being pressured,” he added.

He also denied Morata’s acusation that Estrada harassed him at the inquest proceedings.

According to Morata, Estrada repeatedly bumped him and then, as he was being interviewed by Inquest Division Chief Elaine Yarra-Cerezo, told him: “If you don’t tell the truth, you’ll be on your way out in just three months after I become mayor.”

To which Lim quipped: “Why, Is he going to win?” Both he and Estrada are contesting the mayor’s post in the May elections.

At the same time, Lim commended the police for doing their job and said he would provide them with lawyers.

“I’m not supposed to get involved in this but they keep on bringing up my name so I will intervene. I will support the police because they are only doing their job,” Lim added.

He went on to issue a challenge to Domagoso and the councilors: “Since you want my post, I will resign if you can prove that I ordered your arrest. But if you can’t prove it, then you should resign. I challenge you since you are fond of gambling anyway.”

Meanwhile, the Philippine National Police (PNP) Monday defended its personnel who arrested Domagoso and company.

Chief Supt. Generoso Cerbo Jr., PNP spokesperson, said there should be a “presumption of regularity” in the actions of the police team.

“Unless proven that it was really politically motivated, what the policemen did was part of their duty as law enforcers,” he told reporters at Camp Crame.

Asked if Domagoso and his supporters broke the law in holding the bingo game, he said: “Let’s leave it up to the court to determine that. A case has been filed anyway.”


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  • JosengSisiw1

    Next accusation will be corruption done by each parties. It’s good to see and listen to these politicos charging at each other, the more they hit each other the more the public will knew. In the end the conclusion will be both of them should not run at all. Save Manila. STOP these 2 eggheads.

  • indiosbravos2002

    Pabaho ng pabaho ang pangalang Isko Moreno. Kung dati success story to si Isko from the gutter to an up and coming politician. Mukhang cut short ang political career ni Isko. Mmaya Isko Fulgoso este Domagoso na lang gagamitin nya.

  • Garibaldi_II

    Again and again, Isko, you’re lost in the sea of choices. You’re the wrong person for the right job. A man must protect his family and never drags his wife in to the prey. Lost is the opportunity to come out a better man; you must accept full responsibility for your actions. Instead, you point the blame at those in authority who are bound to quell your transgression. You invoked your crooked authority but didn’t know who gave it to you. It’s not the question on how you trip down; how you get up is what counts the most.

  • mynnyx

    ano ba naman yan………BINGO.games pati naman yan pinapatos pa ng politiko dapat ang pagtuunan nila ng pansin eh magandang kinabukasan ng taga manila……………

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

    May bidyo interview ang ABS at GMA na nagsasalita si Erap tungkol sa mga pulis
    na kung mananalo sya ay ………

  • nes911

    Dapat di na pinapatulan ni lim si isko moreno dahil palingkero talaga iyan nuong pa. Kaya asal butangero at hayop ang dating. Pinasagot na lang sana ni lim si cita astal, takot si moreno sa kanya dahil pareho silang may topak.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PM6JHCFR2KT2AURMWRDUXBNLQY Darwin

    Isko will win even assuming Erap will lose. Does anyone even know who his opponent is? Lou Veloso right? Have you seem his name even mentioned in the news?

  • Rovingmoron

    Dapat kasi nyan ilagay ni Ishko sa wastong estado ang kanyang sarili. Kung sya na ang mayor di gawin nya kung ano ang gusto nya. While he is still running for the position of vice mayor, he has no choice but to act like a vice mayor. That’s plain and simple common sense.

  • joeybg

    Ang Dami kasing mga Tanga at Bobo na mahilig bumoto sa mg Artista.

    DAANG MAGANDA PARA SA MGA SUGAROL… IBOTO ANG MGA KANDIDATO NG UNA….ARAW-ARAW FIESTA KAHIT SAAN KA MAGPUNTA AY MAGKAKAROON NG PASUGALAN…… bingohan, sakla, tupada, jueteng, hi-lo, cara y cruz, jack n poy, piko, karera ng suso, arm wrestling ng mga bulate….. etc. etc….. Fiesta araw-araw.

    MGA TANGA AT BOBO HUWAG NG MAGDALAWANG ISIP DAHIL, WALA NAMAN KAYONG ISIP, IBOTO ANG MGA KANDIDATO NG UNA, DAANG MAGANDA …. PARA SA MGA KAWATAN.

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

    DOWAG-OSO BA KAMO?  NAKA-SANDAL SA EX-CONVICT.  ONLY IN THE PHILIPPINES.

  • virgoyap

    Who is Domagoso anyway? If a campaign be made to vote for Domagoso seguro mapunta siya sa kangkongan. He he he. People will vote not for the person concern but for the candidate’s name.



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