(Update) DAR chief, son face mauling raps

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 27 2008 04:29 PM | Updated as of Dec 28 2008 08:59 AM

 Agrarian Reform Secretary Nasser Pangandaman Sr. and his son allegedly mauled two golf players, including a 14-year-old boy, inside a golf club in Antipolo City, Rizal province, on Friday afternoon.

Delfin dela Paz and his 14-year-old son, Bino, went to the Antipolo City police station and filed complaints of serious physical injuries and violation of Republic Act 9262 or the Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children, against Pangandaman and his son, Mayor Nasser Pangandaman Jr. of Masiu, Lanao del Sur.

Dela Paz told Antipolo City police investigators that he and his son were already on hole No. 6 of the Valley Golf and Country Club in Antipolo City, when the younger Pangandaman tried to overtake them, which they said was against golf etiquette.

The victim said he got mad and tried to complain, but he was suddenly mauled by the mayor and his bodyguards. He added that his son tried to pacify the mayor, but, he too, was mauled by the group.

After the incident, dela Paz said he went to the country club's front desk to complain, but he was followed and mauled again by the mayor and his bodyguards.

Dela Paz said Secretary Pangandaman was one of the men who allegedly mauled him and his son at the country club's front desk.

While being mauled, dela Paz said he saw the younger Pangandaman pull out a gun, which alarmed other people at the golf club.

After the incident dela Paz's daughter Bambee wrote about the incident in her blog site, where she also said the staff and management of the golf club did not help them after the incident.

"None of the security guards even tried to stop the fight. Right in the clubhouse.... The general manager of Valley Golf would not give us the names of the men who made my brother's ear bleed. It took him an hour. Maybe even more than that. He seemed to not want to help us," she wrote in her blog.

Antipolo police said they will file the charges against the Pangandamans.

Meanwhile, in a phone interview, the elder Pangandaman told the ABS-CBN News Channel that it was Dela Paz who started the incident by cursing at his son.

Pangandaman added they did not overtake Dela Paz's group, since they were already ahead of them.

The secretary said they will file counter charges against Dela Paz.

The management of the golf club, meanwhile, has not yet issued any statement as of posting time.

Pangandaman was recently appointed to the government's peace panel with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).