Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo M. Año urges a Manila barangay chairman and his personnel who were allegedly involved in mauling a 16-year-old youth in Sta. Cruz, Manila to surface and yield to authorities.
Año says Chairman Felipe Jr. Falcon of Barangay 350, City of Manila should be “man enough to face the consequences of his actions.”
"Being a public servant, maging accountable ka at maging responsible sa ginagawa mo. Pakita mo na ikaw ay isang tunay na public servant. Bibigyan ka naman namin ng due process," he said.
Falcon allegedly beat up a 16-year-old boy who did not recognize him and called him “kagawad” (councilor) last November 3, 2018.
The victim who sustained head wounds had to go to the hospital for treatment for his injuries.
Año said Falcon and five other suspects may be suspended if the victim will file a case at the Ombudsman who may impose a preventive suspension against them while the investigation in ongoing.
“Hindi natin papayagan ang mga pang-aabuso, lalong-lalo na ng elected officials, Kailangan dito ay ipinakikita natin ang pagiging tunay na public servant at walang abusong ginagawa,” he says.
The DILG Chief says the Department will also file administrative charges against the barangay chairman and his council members who were allegedly involved the incident.
"Sa parte naman ng DILG, magfa-file kami ng administrative case. Magco-conduct kami ng investigation,” he says.