MANILA — Police are filing charges against a foreign resident of a posh Makati City village who allegedly went berserk after being accosted by authorities over alleged quarantine violations.
In an interview with DZMM, Police Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, commander of Joint Task Force Coronavirus Shield, said officials of Makati police led by Col. Rogelio Simon went to the city prosecutor's office on Monday night to file charges against Javier Salvador Parra.
"Kausap ko lang actually itong ating chief of police ng Makati City police station Roger Simon, at ngayon ay nasa office of the prosecutor [sila] para i-file 'yung kaso dito po sa foreigner," Eleazar said.
He said Parra will be charged with "disobedience to a lawful person in authority; unjust vexation; resisting arrest; violation of city ordinance against not wearing face mask; and violation of Republic Act 11332 in relation to the enforcement of quarantine regulation."
Makati's City Ordinance No. 2020-089 requires residents, workers and all other persons in the city to wear face masks and other protective equipment while outdoors or in public places as a measure against the spread of the novel coronavirus.
A video shared by the Joint Task Force Coronavirus Shield showed Parra, who was not wearing a face mask, telling 2 police officers to go to Tondo or Manila instead of his house.
Parra, however, claimed in a statement that one of the police officers "grabbed my hands and brutally threw me to the ground and caused me physical injury and abrasions... He continued to scuffle and keep me on the ground to put handcuffs on me."
The police officer let go of Parra after the foreigner's wife allegedly told him that her husband couldn't be arrested without a warrant. Parra evaded arrest by entering his house.
He claimed that he suffered wounds on his elbows and hands. He said he also had a prior spinal injury and that the incident caused him "immense physical pain."
Barangay Dasmariñas chairperson Rossana Hwang meanwhile defended the policeman, whom she said maintained an "unfazed" and "cool" attitude despite Parra's behavior.
The policeman only reminded Parra's maid to wear a face mask, according to Hwang.
Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon, as well as select parts in the Visayas and Mindanao, are imposing strict quarantine measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019, which, as of Monday, has sickened 7,777 in the country, of whom, 511 have died.