MANILA - Southern Police District (SPD) deputy director for administration Sr. Supt. Elmer Jamias is bent on pursuing charges against Vice President Jejomar Binay.
In an interview on radio dzMM Thursday afternoon, Jamias, the ground commander in Makati during the effort to serve mayor Junjun Binay's suspension order, said he is planning to file charges of direct assault, oral defamation, and threat against Binay in connection with their confrontation outside the Makati City Hall last Monday.
Jamias reiterated that the Vice President mocked his name and also threatened to remove him and his men from service, even if they were only doing their job.
"[Sabi niya], 'Ikaw, Col. Jamias, kilalang-kilala kita. Isa kang marahas na opisyal.' Kahit kailan po hindi po ako nang-harass ng taumbayan... Tatlumpu't dalawang taon po ako bilang alagad ng batas, hindi ko po binahiran ang aking pangalan," he said.
"Sabi niya, 'Magkalaban na tayo. Lalabanan ko na kayo lahat, at aalisin ko ang mga tao mo...' Talagang galit na galit po siya. Pinagdududutdot ang aking name plate," he added.
Aside from the Vice President, Jamias said he will also file charges against United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) secretary general Atty. JV Bautista and lawyer Harry Roque, who were present when he was confronted by Binay.
Roque's name is among those floated as possible senatorial candidates under UNA.
"Actually si Atty. Harry Roque ay aking napagsabihan din dahil ang Vice President ay nakikipag-usap sa akin bigla siyang sumasabat. Sabi ko, 'Sino po kayo?' 'I'm Atty. Harry Roque.' 'Pwede po ba respetuhin natin ang ating Vice President dahil nag-uusap kaming dalawa?'" Jamias recalled.
The police officer said he will pursue the charges even if the Vice President apologizes to him over the incident.
Jamias has said that emissaries of Binay have reached out to him supposedly to convey the apology of Binay and to convince him of meeting with the Vice President.
"Pwede pong makipagkita," he said. "Ngunit kung tungkol po sa kaso, ipauubaya ko na yan dun sa husgado."
The camp of Binay, meanwhile, has challenged Jamias to name the supposed emissaries sent by Binay, one of whom the police officer described as a known ally of the Vice President.
"We dare Jamias: name names," said vice presidential spokesperson for political affairs Atty. Rico Quicho in a statement.
"His predilection for lying and his abusive actions disgrace the professional men and women of the PNP. Jamias exemplifies the abusive police officer who should be weeded out but instead pampered by the DILG secretary," Quicho added.