Barangay watchmen in Caloocan files ‘unjust vexation’ and other charges vs Chinese national

Published May 11, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Joseph Almer Pedrajas

A Chinese national was caught on video shouting, and later hurling expletives, at barangay watchmen who were manning a quarantine checkpoint in Caloocan City.

In a video circulating on Facebook on Monday, 44-year-old Ken Li Go, from Fujian, China, was seen in an altercation with Barangay 67 officers. He was heard saying “gago (bastard)” to a barangay watchman.

According to the Northern Police District, the incident happened along P. Sevilla St. corner 10th Avenue on Saturday, around 11:10 a.m.

This came after barangay watchman Jayson Lucero, 31, and barangay volunteer Rouel Dela Peña, 53, flagged down the Chinese onboard his motorcycle to check his quarantine pass before he was allowed to go out of their village.

“Upon verification, it revealed that the suspect was an Unauthorized Person Outside Residence (UPOR) due to the color coding scheme being implemented by personnel of Barangay 67, Caloocan City,” the police report read.

Go was then informed that he was not allowed to go outside their village. But instead of listening, he “became unruly and shouted unsavory words toward” the barangay watchmen, police said.

“[The] suspect was instructed to calm down, but ignored the arresting officers and continued to hurl unsavory words toward them. At this instance, [the] arresting officers tried to apprehend the suspect, but he seriously disobeyed and resisted, prompting the arresting officers to use reasonable force to arrest [him],” it added.

Police said, Go was immediately brought to the Caloocan City Hall, where he was issued a violation receipt.

The barangay watchmen filed a complaint at the Caloocan Police Station, where authorities then prepared charges for Unjust Vexation and Resistance, and Disobedience to a Person in Authority against Go.