By Danny Estacio
CAMP P. RIZAL, Sta. Cruz, Laguna – The Laguna Police Provincial Office (LPPO) has charged the chairman of Barangay Gatid in Sta. Cruz town for grave threat and grave coercion after he reportedly maltreated curfew violators on Monday, March 16, by forcing and keeping them inside a dog cage.
Colonel Serafin Petalio II identified the suspect as Frederick Panisan Ambrocio, 40, and chairman of Barangay Gatid.
Based on the report of Sta Cruz Municipal Police Station Chief Police Lt. Col. Chitadel Gaoiran, the incident happened on Monday, March 16, at around 10 p.m. in Barangay Gatid.
According to Gaoiran’s report, five persons, including two minors, were caught loitering by a team of barangay tanods even after the implementation of curfew in the barangay.
The five were rounded up by the tanods and brought to the barangay hall where Ambrocio was waiting.
The barangay chairman reportedly threatened to shoot the victims if they refuse to enter the dog cage as punishment for their infraction. They were reportedly made to stay in the cage for about 30 minutes.
After their release, the victims immediately went to the Sta. Cruz police to report the maltreatment they suffered in the hands of Ambrocio.