The daughter of golfer Delfin dela Paz on Friday pleaded to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) not to be "swayed by influence" in its probe for the truth in the golf course melee.
"Sana po mapalabas nila ang katotohanan. Sana 'di sila [magpadala] sa kahit anong impluwensya (I hope they will be able to come out with the truth. I hope they will not be swayed by influence)," Bambee dela Paz asked the NBI during an interview with ABS-CBN's Umagang Kay Ganda.
Dela Paz's daughter urged NBI investigators to "find it in their hearts" to truthfully investigate the alleged mauling of his father at the Valley Gold and Country Club in Antipolo City last December 26.
Dela Paz accused Agrarian Reform Secretary Nasser Pangandaman's sons, Nasser Jr. and Hussein, of mauling him after an argument over simple golf course courtesy.
The golfer's 14-year-old son, Bino, was also allegedly mauled by the secretary's sons and their bodyguards.
Bino said Nasser Jr., mayor of Masiu, Lanao del Sur, turned to him when he tried to stop the local official from mauling his father on the golf course.
The beatings of the Dela Pazes were repeated when they went to the golf club's reception area to complain.
Bino told Umagang Kay Ganda that he was already at the clinic when the Pangadamans and their bodyguards pulled out their guns.
Bambee said during the interview that there is one incident at the reception area that she cannot forget. She said it was when his father was floored by one of the Pangandamans' people.
"Hinihila po ang paa niya tapos hinihila po siya sa shirt at tinatapak-tapakan po siya (His feet and shirt were being pulled and they were stomping on him)," dela Paz's daughter narrated.
She said the other unforgettable thing was when two persons tried to pull her away while she was trying to pacify Nasser Jr. She said those people told her to stop and leave the golf club.
"Merong dalawang umaawat sa akin, sinasabihan ako na tama na. Iyon po ang di ko maintindihan na sinabihan ako ng tama na eh inaapakan nila ang tatay ko (There were two persons who tried to pull me away and told me to stop. I don't understand why they told me to stop while my father is being dragged)," Bambee added.
Bino, for his part, said he will not forget the frightening experience, particularly the scene when the Pangandamans pulled out their guns while he was at the clinic.
He said he was puzzled by the fact that the Pangandamans were able to bring their guns despite its ban inside the golf club.
"Lagi ko pong naiisip ang mga baril nila saka ang ginawa nila sa daddy ko (I can't get the picture of their guns out of my mind and what they did to my daddy)," Bino said.
NBI vows to find out truth
NBI Director Nestor Mantaring said Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez gave him an "explicit directive" to find out the truth behind the golf club mauling incident.
Mantaring said the NBI will start talking to witnesses for a clearer and unbiased perspective of the case.
Aside from the NBI, the Antipolo City police and the golf club management have also started investigating the incident.
Dela Paz told Umagang Kay Ganda that their lawyers were still in the process of collating documents before filing formal charges against the Pangandamans.
He said their lawyers told them that pertinent documents should be prepared first before filing a "high profile" case.