MANILA -- The police officer who was caught on CCTV allegedly mauling a marine engineer inside the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Station 5 over a traffic altercation has surfaced to give his side of the story.
The motorist David (not his real name) identified Police Chief Inspector Melvin Madrona as the police officer whom he had an argument with while driving along Pearl Drive in Commonwealth Avenue corner Pearl Street, Quezon City last March 17.
CCTV footage showed David running towards QCPD Station 5 where Madrona beat him.
In an exclusive interview with ABS-CBN, Madrona claimed it was David who showed aggression during their encounter.
Madrona also said it is not true that his car went in reverse and bumped David’s vehicle.
“Imposible pong umatras ako. Ang katotohanan po talaga no'n, ako ay kanyang binangga,” Madrona said.
Madrona added that he immediately went out of the car as soon as it was hit to check for damages.
“Bumaba din at galit na sumigaw na 'Gago ka, driver ka ba?' at sumagot naman ako ng mahinahon na sa kanya. Ang sabi ko, 'Sir, ikaw na nga itong nakabangga ikaw pa itong mainit. Tatawag na lang po ako ng traffic police para maayos itong traffic incident,'” Madrona said.
Incidentally, a lady bystander was recording the incident while Madrona and David were arguing.
The lady bystander said, “Sinugod niya po ako, hinahablot niya ang cellphone, pero hindi ko po binigay, patuloy po siya sa paghablot ng cellphone hanggang sa natumba po ako.”
Madrona said David hit him when he approached and introduced himself as a policeman.
“Lumapit na po ako at nagpakilalang pulis. Nung nagpakilala po akong pulis, sabay suntok sa akin. Nung doon na po nagpang-abot kami, nagsuntukan po kami. Sabay tumakbo po siya sa Pearl Street," he said.
Madrona finally caught up with David who pushed him when he asked why he ran away.
"Nang maabutan ko po siya sa Pearl Street, nahawakan ko po siya, 'Bakit mo ko nilabanan, nagpakilala na akong pulis?' sabay tulak sa 'kin. Napatumba ako, doon na napunit ang kanyang tshirt. Sabay takbo sa station, doon na po nangyari pagsalya ko sa kanya.”
David headed for Police Station 5 of Quezon City Police District (QCPD) in Fairview where Madrona was actually assigned.
The CCTV footage in the police station lobby showed Madrona beating David with hard punches and kicks. David was also placed inside a cell.
Madrona explained that he held David for one hour and had him report to a traffic police.
Madrona added that he and David arrived at an amicable settlement that David would be the one to shoulder the repair of his vehicle.
“For safekeeping po yon ma’am. Hindi naman po 'yung ipinaparatang sa akin na arbitrary, wala po naman akong nilalabag na arbitrary. Ide-detain po siya para wala na pong magkaroon ng commotion pa, o wala nang kaguluhan na mangyari pa,” Madrona said.
The police station did not file a blotter.
Madrona explained: “Kaya hindi ko po binlotter dahil unang-una doon po ako naka-assign, magkakaroon po ng bias.”
Madrona also denied that he was drunk when the incident happened.
While admitting to the mauling incident, he asked for understanding, saying he did it because of the seeming disrespect of the motorist.
“Pulis ako. Pero tao lang din po ako na minsan eh hindi mo na po naiisip ang katungkulan mo dahil sa ginawa sa 'yo, inalipusta ka na, minura-mura ka na. Tao lang din po tayo na nakakaramdam ng mga ganong pangyayari, kaya kahit anong posisyon mo at ginawa sa 'yo, 'yon eh 'yon po ang nangyari talaga. Hindi ko naman po idine-deny naman po yon,” Madrona explained.
Multiple cases were filed against Madrona after David filed a complaint to the Philippine National Police Counter Intelligence Task Force.
Those filed include criminal cases of physical injury, arbitrary detention, grave threat and grave coercion.
Madrona, meanwhile, said he would also file a case against David for direct assault.
Madrona is currently held at the Quezon City District headquarters in Camp Karingal.