The Philippine National Police (PNP) is now preparing a case of homicide against two barangay security officers who allegedly mauled an alleged curfew violator in Calamba City in Laguna last week.
The alleged curfew violator, identified as Ernanie Jimenez, died in the hospital due to serious injuries when the two barangay security officials (locally called barangay tanod) allegedly kicked him several times after a brief chase.
“Based on the report that we received, the Calamba police are now preparing a criminal case, homicide, against those involved,” said Brig. Gen. Ildebrandi Usana, spokesman of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
Based on the police report, Jimenez was accosted by the Quick Response Team of Barangay Turbina for violating the curfew. The incident occurred between 10:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. on April 7.
Laguna is part of the implementation of the uniform curfew, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., since it is included in the National Capital Region Plus which was placed under enhanced community quarantine from March 29 to April 11.
Usana identified the two barangay security officers as Arjay Abierta and Joel Ortiez.
“According to the witnesses, the victim was repeatedly beaten by the alleged QRT personnel of Barangay Turbina this City,” the report read.
“The victim collapsed and was brought to Calamba Medical Center Hospital for treatment and later expired,” it added.
Usana said follow-up operations are now being conducted against the two suspects who allegedly fled after the incident.