Man mauled over fake bills at cockfight-A A +A
Sunday, October 21, 2012
COMMOTION erupted inside a cockpit in Barangay Bojo, Aloguinsan, Cebu last Friday night when an out-of-towner was discovered betting with counterfeit bills.
Jerry Paler, 44, of Maasin, Leyte, ended up getting mauled by spectators.
Confiscated from his possession were 22 fake P1,000 bills, 22 fake P500 bills and three fake P200 bills, said PO2 Rolly Navarro of the Aloguinsan Police Station.
When police arrived in the scene, the cockpit manager had already apprehended Paler.
Paler was taken to a hospital in the neighboring town of Pinamungajan for treatment of his injuries. He was recovering as of press time.
“Pwerteng gubota gyud didto (It was chaos in there),” Navarro.
He said Paler went to the cockpit alone.
The suspect told police he bought the fake bills in Barangay Tabunok, Talisay City.
He said the fake P1,000 bill costs P250; the P500 bill, P130; and the P200 bill, P80.
“Wa siya nitug-an sa pangan. Nagtuo mi naa ni siya’y kauban (He didn’t reveal the name of the person who sold him the fake bills. We believe he has cohorts)” Navarro said.
A complaint for violating Article 168 of the Revised Penal Code, or the illegal possession and use of false notes of the Central Bank of the Philippines, will be filed against Paler tomorrow.
As for the cockfight, it was held as part of the barangay’s annual fiesta celebration on Oct. 24.
Last April, four men were also arrested after they were caught using counterfeit bills in Sogod town.
Police seized from their possession P50,000 worth of fake notes.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 21, 2012.