Caloocan resident injured after altercation with barangay watchmen over quarantine rules

Published April 30, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Joseph Pedrajas

A resident of Barangay 129, Caloocan City sustained injuries after he was allegedly hit by a metal dustpan and mobbed by several men during a confrontation with barangay watchmen over quarantine protocols on Thursday.

(Contributed photo)
(Contributed photo)

Riyu Uchimura told the Manila Bulletin that it happened when his brother, Nico, “approached” the watchmen to ask why they did not allow a delivery man bearing a package for them to enter their village.

“Someone from the watchmen shouted at us na ‘di raw allowed ang couriers. Kaya my brother went outside [and asked] bakit hindi puwede… and sobrang dikit lang sa bahay namin [kung nasaan] sila (So my brother went outside and asked why couriers weren’t allowed, and our house is very near where the watchmen were),” Uchimura said.

“Noong inapproach na namin sila and asked kung sino [ang sumigaw], they said bigla na papakalmahin lang daw nila kami, pinapapasok. And eescortan din daw nila yung delivery samin… That’s what triggered my kuya and said, ‘di tama ‘yun ganon na bastos sila sa amin, (When we approached them to ask who it was who shouted, suddenly they told us that they would let us calm down and go outside our house. They also said they would escort the delivery guy… That’s what triggered my brother and he said it wasn’t right that they treat us like that),” he added.

A heated argument ensued afterwards, Uchimura said.

The victim’s brother said that while the two parties were starting to get into an argument, one of the watchmen allegedly hit his brother with a metal dustpan.

“From the back, may humampas sa kuya ko ng metal dustpan, and pinigilan syang gumalaw (Someone from behind my brother hit him with a dustpan, keeping him from moving),” he remembered, adding that there were about 10 watchmen who then mobbed them.

In a four-minute video taken during the incident, the victim is seen with his head bleeding while being manhandled by five men before he was taken to a mobile patrol.

“Nambabastos kayo pare eh (You’re being disrespectful),” one man told the victim’s brother, who was asking why the latter was hit with a dustpan.

“Nagmumura kasi. Nagmumura (You were cussing),” another one added.

When the Manila Bulletin asked Col. Dario Menor, Caloocan police chief, to verify the situation, he said that he will look into the matter.