Drunk foreigner slaps taxi driver in Cebu

By Carine Asutilla, ABS-CBN News Central Visayas

Posted at Sep 09 2012 05:45 PM | Updated as of Sep 10 2012 01:45 AM

CEBU, Philippines - Cebu City police had to call members of the Special Weapons and Tactics team for back-up when they failed to pacify a drunken man from Papua New Guinea.

Police received a trouble alarm in the village of Banilad on Sunday morning.

The suspect, who identified himself as 29-year-old Bennedict Penini, had a fight with another man during a drinking session. When the man who allegedly beat him up left, Penini picked up a stone and used it against a taxi driver who was standing nearby.

This was when the SWAT team attacked him and pinned him down.

Members of the SWAT said they did not have a choice but to intervene since the man was strong and he tried to resist arrest.

This is allegedly not the first time Penini has caused trouble. Residents in the area said they have always wanted to have the guy arrested.

He was later brought to the tourist police station.

Penini, an IT student who has been in Cebu for three months, maintained his innocence, saying he only got beaten up by a fellow Papuan.

Police found it hard to talk to him for further investigation since he was still drunk. He even attacked his own friends who went to the police station to help him.

Penini will remain in the custody of tourist police until he sobers up.

Meanwhile, the taxi driver is mulling filing charges against the foreigner.