By Argyll Geducos
President Duterte is leaving the fate of the Makati police officer and the Spanish national involved in a heated argument to the law but said that appropriate charges will be filed if necessary, Malacañang said.
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque made the statement after Police Master Sergeant Roland Madrona filed charges for resisting and disobedience to a person in authority, not wearing a face mask, unjust vexation, and direct assault against Javier Parra Salvador, a Spanish national.
In an interview on ANC, Roque said President Duterte was aware of the incident and decided to just allow the law to take its course.
“He (President Duterte) knows about the incident because he’s glued to the television all day long as well. We will allow the process to proceed,” he said Wednesday.
“The President is a former prosecutor. He will allow the process to proceed. We have a presumption of regularity in the discharge of function as far as the policemen are concerned,” he added.
Roque, however, refused to comment any further on the issue because people will side with either the police or the Spaniard depending on which part of the video they have seen.
“What we saw initially was only the second half of the video. There was also the first half which the Philippine National Police released and it turns out the conduct of the Spaniard was far from being ideal,” he said.
“So as for now, it is the role of the Executive Branch to investigate, which is what we are doing now. If charges should be filed, it will be filed,” he added.
It was reported that Madrona was conducting Oplan Bandillo in Dasmariñas Village on Sunday when he noticed Salvador’s maid not wearing a face mask while watering plants outside the house.
Madrona advised the maid to wear a face mask, prompting the latter to go inside the house. However, Salvador and his wife went outside and confronted the law enforcers. The tension escalated when the Spaniard reportedly starting spewing invective at the cop.