QC task force drops charges vs fish vendor, eyes suspension of officers in viral mauling


Posted at Apr 29 2020 07:15 PM

MANILA - Quezon City's Task Force Disiplina has withdrawn its complaint against a fish vendor who was accused of violating quarantine protocols, as it recommended the suspension of officers tagged in his beating, videos of which recently went viral. 

In a statement released Wednesday, the local government of Quezon City said it has issued show cause orders requiring the personnel involved in the incident to explain their actions.

Rannie Ludovica, head of the city's Task Force Disiplina, has instructed the withdrawal of the complaint against Michael Rubuia. He also recommended that officers involved in his mauling be preventively suspended pending investigation.

Rubuia, currently detained, will also be turned over to the Quezon City Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Center following his positive drug test result.

The local government, likewise, assured the public that all of Rubuia's needs and rights as a detainee will be respected. 

"Quezon City considers the human rights of its citizens as paramount, and any violations thereof will not be allowed or tolerated," the statement said.

Viral videos showed at least five men trying to drag Rubuia, 38, for having no quarantine pass and face mask while selling fish on Panay Avenue Monday afternoon. One of the Task Force Disiplina personnel could be seen hitting Rubuia's hands and feet with a stick.

Rubuia maintained his innocence, saying he refused to go with the task force personnel because he did not do anything wrong. 

The incident drew outrage on social media, with netizens decrying the violent acts of the city government's officers.