Police caught attacking motorist turns in firearms

Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 28 2017 05:24 PM

Chief Inspector Melvin Madrona

MANILA – A police officer caught on video attacking a motorist while inside the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Station 5 on Tuesday surrendered his firearms, a day after he was placed under restrictive custody.

Chief Inspector Melvin Madrona will be transferred to the office of the Headquarters Support Service in Camp Crame to prevent him from influencing the investigation.

“Ako po’y tumatalima lang po sa organisasyon, sa aming kautusan o polisiya ng PNP at ako po ay nandito ngayon para sumunod sa kautusan,” Madrona said during his visit to the office of Chief Superintendent Guillermo Elazar, the QCPD chief.

(I am just following orders, the policy of the PNP.)

Eleazar described Madrona as a hardworking and multi-awarded officer.

“But just the same, iyong ginawa nya kasi, which was doon sa CCTV, walang explanation na pwedeng mag justify,” Eleazar said.

(But just the same, what he did, which was caught on CCTV, has no explanation and can't be justified.)

Madrona’s counsel Raymund Palad said his client was only human when he lost control.

Madrona could be charged for inflicting physical injuries, arbitrary detention, grave threat, and grave coercion.