Police chief, 3 cops relieved for escorting brawl-seeking mayor

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CEBU CITY, Philippines—The police chief and three policemen of Pulupandan town in Negros Occidental were relieved Tuesday for allegedly acting as escorts of Mayor Magdaleno Peña when he went to the Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City on Monday to challenge provincial official to a boxing match.

Senior Supt. Celestino Guara, Negros Occidental police director, said he ordered the relief of the Pulupandan police chief Senior Inspector Edcel Balibadlan and three other policemen, whom he has yet to name.

Guara said Balibadlan and three others were relieved pending investigation of media reports, including television footage, showing them accompanying the mayor.

He added that a replacement police had yet to be named, as of Tuesday.

The relief was done with the approval of the Commission on Elections, provincial elections supervisor Wil Arceno said.

Arceno said that under the rules, only the governor and congressmen are allowed police escorts during the election campaign.

He said policemen who would act as escorts to a mayor during the election period would be considered as having committed an election offense.

However, Balibadlan explained that he was on his way to the Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office in Bacolod City to submit a report on their checkpoint compliance when he was informed that the mayor had gone to the Capitol.

He said he was not acting as an escort of the mayor but had gone to the Capitol to try to pacify Peña, who in fact had scolded him.

Peña also maintained that Balibadlan and the other policemen were not with him.

“I don’t know where the police chief and his men came from. They were in Bacolod and maybe they wanted to watch the debate so they went to the Capitol,” he said.

The mayor pointed out that he got down from his Dodge Challenger sports car alone when he arrived at the Capitol.

The mayor arrived at the Capitol at about 10:45 a.m. Monday followed by the police car carrying Balibadlan and the mayor’s staff on board a Nissan Serena.

Peña had gone to the Provincial Capitol Monday to challenge Jose Ma. Valencia, chief of staff of Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., to a boxing bout at the Social Hall.

Wearing what he called his Jean-Claude Van Damme outfit, Peña flexed his muscles and, followed by Balibadlan, three policemen and some members of the Peña’s staff, went directly to the social hall of the Capitol shouting, “Joval, make my day!”

However, Valencia did not show up, saying he did not want to stoop to Peña’s level.

Peña, in response to the non-appearance of Valencia, chanted “pokpokpokpokak, pokpokpokpokak, chicken, chicken, chicken” and left the Capitol at 11:20 a.m., disappointed that Valencia did not make his day.

Peña, a relative of Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez Jr., who he said would win the governorship in May, explained that he wanted a boxing match with Valencia and a debate with Marañon over what he claimed was the overpriced purchase of sheep from Australia by the Negros Occidental provincial government.

Marañon has denied Peña’s claim and has refused a debate with Peña. The governor said any debate should be between him and Alvarez, his opponent in the gubernatorial race.

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  • Noel

    That Mayor must be suspended and jailed. He’s worse than Duterte and Fred Lim.

  • Jojo Griffin

    Maghahamon kaya itong Mayor na ito pag hindi niya kasama ang mga Bodyguard niya? kakahiya ka !!!!

    • diamond_digger

      Tama ka, Jojo! In fact, duda akong bading Ito. Eh Kung di ka ba naman bading aasta ka ng ganun, tsaka di ba inaway din into ang dating asawa niya. Eh Kung sa eleksyon sa Mayo mananalo pa itong si Pena, sasabihin ko ng ang mga taga Pulupandan ay mga ungas and truly deserves one of their kind in the person of Magdaleno Pena.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XALR35ENV2XKV327BZGZ7Q5Z5Q Ernesto

      tama ka bro.ang mayor dyan sira ulo.bading yan dapat pangalan ya magdalena pena colada

    • Aturni

      na-disbar na nga yan dahil sira ulo…

  • Hunter421

    This story reads more like fiction. Something like a cheap action movie. Sad.

  • speedstream2

    How do you define bully and company? Well, from experience, someday they will meet their match. And as the world turns, they will know then what is like to be at the receiving end.

  • Marcos5

    Vote Wisely next time……….

  • pedro asintado

    Mukhang nagkamali ng pasok ng trabaho ang mayor na ito, dapat nag apply ito sa stable ni Bob Arun sa halip na tumakbong mayor. . para maihanap ng laban sa boksing. At itong chief of police ng PNP na na-relieved, mukhang nakikinabang sa mayor na ito kaya nag-escort pa sa mayor na boksingero. .

  • kidsPorts

    As reported, the mayor wanted to debate using fists.

  • el_latigo

    Dapat dito kay Pena boxer, di mayor. Pero makapagbox kaya ito sa loob mismo ng ring na walang kasamang mga escorts o bodyguards? Daming pang palusot ng chief of police, akala niya puro estupidong kamukha niya ang mga Pinoy.

  • $14334231

    ang style ni balibadlan…palusot….palusot…..kung makalusot!!!….bali “BAD” lan ka talaga…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NXV3F6YUQWDOA4HPYOFN5F2N3U Danyel

    Mayor mixed martial arts pala ang trip mo ha…kita tayo sa MOA mamaya 3pm…dun sa coliseum….cguradong magmamaka-awa ka sa akin pagkatapos…….dalawa lang ang pupuntahan mo…submission in 3 seconds or KO in 2 seconds…..he he he…wala pa ako ensayo niyan……sex lang ang training ko…..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NXV3F6YUQWDOA4HPYOFN5F2N3U Danyel

    all black ang get up ko…beach look….5’8″….athletic built…hawig ni Will Smith (daw)

  • regd

    Si manny na lang sana hamunin nya, atras ka lang pag pumasok sya sabay hagis ng kanang kamao PAK! Tulog uli si boyPac hehehe.

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    Sibakin ang mayor at isama ang mga pulis!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XALR35ENV2XKV327BZGZ7Q5Z5Q Ernesto

    this mayor and the vice governor is unsound mind.idiot public official

  • Ex-Army

    Hindi rin to marunong mag excuse si Chief Insp. sinabi nya sana na sya mag ref at ang kasama nyang 3 pulis ang maging judge..wala ka talaga sir pulis patola..

  • siegfeil

    nakakahiya ang mga asal na ganyan. ganyan sa mga probinsya, sila ang mga hari.

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    This is a crazy story this is like a Russian mafia or Mexican drug cartel.

  • pabloo6293

    Kung talagang matapang itong si Mayor, dapat mag-isa siyang nagpunta sa kapitolyo na walang police escort. Takot lang niyan.

  • manuel yaptangco

    Thought I heard it all until I stumbled over this rather amusing article. As if politicians and policemen, in general, needed more reason to drag their sullied image further down the gutter. This brawl-seeking clown – or mayor I should say – has a bright future ahead of him as a prizefighter once he is voted out of his mayoralty post. Go knock yourself out in your next profession!

    • Akoaykanoy

      Dapat ang kanyang bodyguard ay sina Allan K at Paolo Ballesterros ng Eat Bualag joke lang may friends number one fans ako ng EB

  • vince_bugaboo

    bakit ang mayor ang naghahanap ng gulo, pero ang mga pulis ang ni-relieved? anong klaseng ka-tukmulan ito?

  • Pio Gante

    ganyan kasira-ulo yan si peña, di nga umubra si jarque at si recto dyan sa disbarred na abogaĝong yan eh, may katapusan rin ang animal yan at matutulad din kay sierra.

  • Goodluck Jonathan

    How dare this noo…kie mayor is? You are wimp…next time don’t bring bodyguards. And to Balibadlan someday you would be in hand of exterminator.

  • wawa2172

    Mayor na sira ulo, Pena should have gone to Sulo and ask the abus for a boxing match. Maraming bibili sa hamon niya doon, ang tiyak lang tadtad siya nga bala pag nagkataon. Mar Roxas, ano po ang aksiyon nantin dito, dapat matangal na si mayor sa pwesto dahil may tama yata sa ulo.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GYYFBINDMTZHM6TDHPB667452M agustin

      Walang magawa si Mar Roxas diyan, kakampi iyan sa pulitika. LP,NP,NPC coalition or team noy

  • muddygoose

    Shouldn’t the mayor be charged as well? Sana naman matuto na constituents niya at wag na siyang botohin.

  • white scorpion

    ang parusa sa chief and three stooges ay “LATIGO.” tapos lagyan ng asin.
    kaya marami tayong ABUSADONG MAYOR.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GYYFBINDMTZHM6TDHPB667452M agustin

    Sira ulong mayor na ito, mayor ba siya o basag uliro ? ito yata ang kumidnap sa anak ng kapatid na babae ni Sen. Ralph Recto. ibang klaseng tao ito.

    • ernesto

      familia sira ulo ang mayor na yan.tama talaga sabi mo.matapang pala ito dapat pumunta sya sa mindanao tingnan natin tapang nyan

  • axe musk

    WWOOOWWWW…Imagine a Mayor riding a “Dodge Challenger”…. I doubt if he NEVER had stolen a single centavo from the gov’t….. Blame the voters who voted for him with such an arrogant attitude…

  • Akoaykanoy

    Relieve lang hindi dismiss?

  • http://twitter.com/absurdword Jose Mateo S. Boza

    Reminds me of a congressional candidate here in Iligan City… He stormed City Hall whilst council was in session and made a row over the sale of the City’s diesel power-plant, almost got into a fist-fight with two councilors lol.

  • disqus_WIkXYUshrh

    Kids stuff … annoying.

  • pedro asintado

    Sobrang yabang naman nitong mayor na ito. . . sobrang sipsip naman kay mayor itong mga pulis na ito . . nag escort pa sa mayor. . grabe na to. . nakatulog na yata sa pansitan ang DILG officer na nakakasakop dito . . o takot din sa mayor

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