The barangay chairman who allegedly physically maltreated a teenager finally appeared before Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) undersecretary for barangay affairs Martin Diño last Monday, November 12.
In an interview with Raffy Tulfo recently, Diño said barangay chairman Felipe Falcon Jr. of Barangay 350 in Sta. Cruz, Manila went to his office to pay respect and file for a 15-day leave as a way to help in the ongoing investigation.
Diño confirmed to Raffy that Falcon indeed refuted the allegations against him. Falcon told Diño that he was the victim of the incident as the minor is the one who mauled him and even damaging his eyeglasses. He even said that he was the one who brought the teenager to Medicolegal.
When asked why Falcon did not return his calls to Tulfo, Diño said that he ran away and hid in Laguna because of what netizens in social media are saying about him. He also said that Falcon is probably scared of Tulfo.
If Falcon already showed up, why didn’t Diño take this as an opportunity to bring Falcon to the police custody? Diño said that they are still waiting for the court’s warrant against him.
They are currently on the process of case build up against Falcon and they will file charges before the Ombudsman.
Even if he is free, Falcon was reminded by Diño not to interfere with the investigation and evidence. It can be remembered that the barangay office of Falcon said they don’t have CCTV cameras to prove that the minor was mauled, which is unbelievable to Raffy and netizens since CCTVs are required in all baranagays.
Raneiro Gelizon, father of the victim, said he was happy that he finally showed up after days of hiding. He refuted Falcon’s claims about his son and insisted that the minor was the victim in the incident and not him.
Senior Superintendent Marcelino Pedrozo, the newly-installed director of Manila Police District, encouraged Falcon to just surrender even If the warrant is yet to be released. He said this is also for his benefit.
Falcon allegedly physically maltreated the minor for failing calling him “kagawad” instead of “kapitan”. The minor’s friend claimed that five men who are believed to be barangay councillors helped in mauling the teenager.
DILG secretary Eduardo Año already said that they will file administrative charges against Falcon and his councillors. He also promised of a thorough investigation.