Dauis, Bohol vice mayor denies injuring boy with a piece of wood
TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol — Vice Mayor Luciano “Lulu” Bongalos of Dauis town, Bohol denied injuring a 10-year old boy in the forehead after he allegedly threw a piece of wood at him.
The boy’s mother said she intended to file a formal complaint against Bongalos.
However, the vice mayor’s lawyer, Lord Marapao IV, said Bongalos was ready to face any complaint that would be filed against him.
“Until now, all that we are concerned about is to clear the name of Vice Mayor Lulu Bongalos. He has been hurt against this false and fabricated story,” said Marapao, who believed that the charges were politically motivated.
According to the boy, he was with his friend at Purok 1, Barangay Dao in Dauis town at about 11:30 a.m. on August 18 when he noticed some children running away.
One of the children reportedly told him that a man was allegedly chasing them.
The man, whom the boy identified as Bongalos, allegedly asked for his name but he didn’t answer.
When a neighbor answered for him and identified his mother, Bongalos allegedly threw a piece of wood at the boy.
When the vice mayor failed to hit the boy, he allegedly took another piece of wood, threw it at him, hitting him on the forehead.
The boy’s mother, who was in Tagbilaran City, reportedly rushed to Dauis when she learned of the incident.
They sought the help of Barangay Dao Captain Charles Geonson who brought Dominic to Gov. Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital in Tagbilaran for treatment.
“The wound needed to be closed with four stitches,” said the barangay captain, who paid for the boy’s medicines.
The boy’s mother claimed that she went to the house of Bongalos but he allegedly left when he saw her.
“I just want to ask why he did it to my son,” the mother said.
Another neighbor, Josephine, was the mother of a 13-year-old boy who was allegedly among the children who ran away from the vice mayor.
Josephine claimed that Bongalos allegedly accused the children of destroying the eggs of his ducks.
However, lawyer Marapao urged the public not to make judgments without knowing the facts.
“ I just hope people would not just point their finger at him [Vice Mayor Bongalos] as the culprit,” Marapao said. /vvp
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