Guard won't file complaint vs lawmaker who punched him

by Niña Corpuz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 07 2011 10:01 AM | Updated as of Sep 08 2011 06:29 AM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) - A security guard who was allegedly punched twice by Lanao del Sur Rep. Mohammed Hussein Pangandaman will no longer file a case against the lawmaker because he is afraid of him.

Security guard Ricardo Bonayog failed to show up at the Commission on Human Rights after deciding that he will no longer file a complaint against  Pangandaman.

In a phone interview with the media, Bonayog said he is withdrawing his complaint against Pangandaman because he feared for his and his family's safety. "Ang kalaban ko po malaking tao po. Ako po ordinaryong tao lang," he said.

Bonayog assured the media that nobody talked to him or threatened him to back out.

He, however, said he would like for the congressman to make a public apology, but also said that he has already forgiven the congressman.

CHR Commissioner Norberto dela Cruz said they cannot do any investigation if there is no complaint, "Kung ganun ang pasya ng gwardya, wala na yan. Pero bukas ang pinto namin. Ang mga kaso ng human rights violation ay walang prescription. So anytime ay bukas ang aming pinto para sa kanya."

Dela Cruz said the CHR cannot do its own investigation just by relying on Bonayog's account. "There is always due process," he said.

The security guard earlier said Pangandaman punched him twice on the left ear after the lawmaker refused to let Bonayog inspect his Porsche Carrera at the Ayala Technohub at the UP Campus, Diliman, Quezon City.

Pangandaman claimed he hit the guard after the latter appeared to be drawing his service firearm.

House Majority Leader Boyet Gonzales earlier said the House of Representatives cannot investigate Pangandaman in proceedings before the Committee on Ethics and Privileges unless the security guard files a complaint.

Gonzales noted that if proven true, Pangandaman may be suspended or expelled. With a report from Dexter Ganibe, radio dzMM