Quantcast
Latest Stories

2 cops drag radioman out of studio


ZAMBOANGA CITY—Rolando Tanquis was inside the announcer’s booth of dxFL FM on Friday morning as he was holding another edition of his radio program, “Isyu Karon,” when two policemen barged in and dragged him out and hauled him to the Dipolog City police office.

The 50-year-old block-time announcer could only do so much as he protested as the policemen forcibly brought him to the police station.

Tanquis learned later that Dipolog City police director Superintendent Reynaldo Maclang, who appeared at the radio station with two policemen in tow, had him “arrested” for his commentaries blaming the police officer for the unabated killings in the city during his 6 a.m.-7 a.m. block-time program.

On the day of his “warrantless arrest,” Tanquis had accommodated Maclang, who slammed a .45 cal. pistol at the console table before starting to issue his statements on the announcer’s criticisms.

Mitchell Bala, also a block-time announcer at the same station, said prior to the “on the spot arrest,” Tanquis was also commenting about the unsolved killings in the city.

It was at this point that Maclang and the two policemen arrived, he said.

Technicians on duty, who asked for anonymity, said they were surprised when Maclang suddenly came in. They said the police chief was apparently angry when he entered the announcer’s booth, grabbed the microphone as Tanquis was still speaking and started talking.

Bala said the criticisms over unsolved killings in the city could only be one of the things that had enraged Maclang.

“[Tanquis] also played on air last Wednesday a recorded conversation between Maclang and a candidate, where Maclang was heard demanding  an air-conditioning unit from the candidate,” Bala said.

Bala said Maclang and the two policemen did not wait for Tanquis to finish his radio program. They dragged him out around 6:45 a.m., he said.

The station’s technicians, he said, were so shocked at the development that the station was “on dead air” for several minutes.

Bala said as soon as he arrived at the police station, Tanquis was immediately shoved inside the detention cell.

But the formal complaint against Tanquis was filed in the prosecutor’s office only late Friday, nearly 12 hours after the block-timer was dragged out of the announcer’s booth, he said.

Contacted for comment, Chief Supt. Juanito Vano, Western Mindanao police chief, said there was nothing wrong with Maclang’s action against Tanquis.

He said a simple complaint would be enough for the police to invite a person.

“There was nothing violated. A complaint was enough to detain a person,” he said, adding that “while going through the whole process, I am certain the person was placed under custody within the reglementary period.”

Vano also said Maclang just wanted to clear his name, that’s why he filed sedition and libel charges against the block-time announcer on Friday.

He said the charges had been filed in the prosecutor’s office, which in turn, submitted it to the court.

Vano said Tanquis had to be released from police custody on Saturday because “a court order was issued for his release.”

“I believe the issuance of such was just this (Saturday) morning,” he said.

Tanquis’ lawyer, Reinerio Ramas, confirmed that his client had posted bail past noon on Saturday and was to be released from police custody.

“The court has a skeletal force on weekends,” Ramas told the Inquirer by text.

Bala said Tanquis was released 3 p.m. on Saturday.

The Inquirer learned that Tanquis was not the first radio announcer that Maclang had thrown into jail.

Of the four radio announcers he had put in jail for such charges as involvement in illegal drugs and illegal possession of firearms, only Roy Villar was freed on bail.

The others, Genesis Ajero, Ryan Uy and Joseph Herrera, remained locked up to this day. Julie Alipala, Inquirer Mindanao


Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Crime , News , press freedom , Regions , unsold killings




Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement
  1. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  2. Opinions split on Napoles turning state witness
  3. Delfin Lee: Blame Pag-Ibig, not me
  4. Plunder complaint filed vs PNP chief, firearms office head over license delivery deal
  5. Cedric Lee’s cohort flies out of PH despite look-out order – De Lima
  6. San Juan cops fail to arrest Cedric Lee
  7. More ‘Yolanda’ bodies found
  8. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  9. Lawyer: Napoles ‘will tell all’
  10. Boy ‘sexually assaulted’ at Indonesia international school
  1. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  2. Estrada: Gigi Reyes won’t testify vs JPE
  3. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  4. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  5. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  6. Bernice Lee arrested by NBI team
  7. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  8. Suspect in Vhong Navarro’s mauling wants to turn state witness – De Lima
  9. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  10. ‘Mom, I love you,’ says text from student on sinking ferry
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  4. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  5. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  6. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  7. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  8. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  9. Hammer-wielding robbers cause chaos at Philippines’ Mall of Asia
  10. Ex-PBA player Bryan Gahol dies in road mishap
Advertisement

News

  • Napoles tags over 100 officials in pork scam – Lacson
  • Vitangcol to sue Czech envoy
  • Senator’s kickback from pork bigger than those of Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – Lacson
  • 43 out of 414 Etihad passengers yet to be found, tested for MERS-CoV – Palace
  • Maid confesses in killing of 2 and stabbing of employer in Laguna
  • Sports

  • Caguioa blasts ‘no heart, soft’ Ginebra on Twitter
  • San Mig Coffee grinds out win over Alaska to force decider
  • UP nips St. Benilde; Adamson blasts RTU in Filoil women’s caging
  • Kevin Garnett responds to Raptors’ GM F word
  • Albert Pujols hits 500th HR of major league career
  • Lifestyle

  • Entering the monkhood a rite of passage
  • Haneda International Airport: A destination on its own
  • Wanted: Beauty queen with a heart that beats for the environment
  • Kim Atienza: At home with art and design
  • Life lessons I want to teach my son
  • Entertainment

  • Bollywood Oscars, film stars come to Florida
  • Ex-Fox exec denies allegations in sex abuse suit
  • Kris Aquino backtracks, says Herbert Bautista and her are ‘best friends’
  • Summer preview: Chris Pratt enters a new ‘Galaxy’
  • Bon Jovi helps open low-income housing in US
  • Business

  • SM to rebuild Tacloban hospital
  • PSEi slips after 4-day rally
  • Toyota sells 2.58 million vehicles, outselling GM
  • McDonald’s 1Q profit slips as US sales decline
  • SEC approves SM’s P15B retail bond offer
  • Technology

  • ‘Unlimited’ Internet promos not really limitless; lawmakers call for probe
  • Viber releases new design for iPhone, comes to Blackberry 10 for the first time
  • Engineers create a world of difference
  • Bam Aquino becomes Master Splinter’s son after Wiki hack
  • Mark Caguioa lambasts Ginebra teammates on Twitter
  • Opinion

  • One-dimensional diplomacy: A cost-benefit analysis of Manila’s security deal with Washington
  • No ordinary illness
  • Reforest mountains with fire trees and their kind
  • Day of the Earth
  • When will Chinese firm deliver new coaches?
  • Global Nation

  • Filipinos coming home from Mideast must obtain MERS clearance – DOH
  • US Secret Service in Manila ahead of Obama visit
  • Palace thanks Estrada for successful HK mission
  • Hong Kong accepts PH apology; sanctions also lifted
  • China won’t budge, wants PH gov’t to apologize to HK
  • Marketplace
    Advertisement