Yolanda survivor accuses cop employer of torture


Posted at Jul 31 2014 01:43 PM | Updated as of Jul 31 2014 09:43 PM

MANILA – A man who survived super typhoon Yolanda and sought a better life in Metro Manila is now accusing his former employer of torturing him.

Jonathan (not his real name) said he and his wife transferred from Southern Leyte to Manila to work as helpers for SPO3 Glenn Lopez Bullecer, a community precinct commander in Cainta, Rizal.

He said they had to leave because the policeman was maltreating them and not giving them their promised monthly salary of P3,500.

Jonathan, 24, said his wife left the Bullecer household ahead of him. He left last July 19, but lodged a complaint at the barangay hall against Bullecer over his unpaid salary.

Jonathan said the cop argued that the unpaid salary was used as payment for his food and some items he supposedly damaged.

When Jonathan paid a visit to his former co-employees at the Bullecer household last Tuesday, the policeman dragged him into the parking lot and tortured him.

Jonathan said the cop electrocuted him and even threatened to kill him while making it appear that he is a victim of summary execution.

He said the cop told him his corpse would be dumped somewhere in Antipolo.

The complainant said the cop also threatened to frame him for a drug charge by putting a pack of dried marijuana inside his pocket. He, however, claimed that the policeman's plan did not push through since his pants had no pockets.

Jonathan said Bullecer eventually set him free but warned him of grave consequences if he will come back.

Bullecer was arrested. Also seized from him was a .45-caliber pistol with an expired permit. He is facing charges of physical injuries, arbitrary detention, unlawful arrest, and illegal possession of firearms. – report from Francis Faulve, ABS-CBN News