NBI 7 employee figures in fight, gets detained

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Saturday, August 23, 2014


POLICE arrested a National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 employee yesterday for allegedly hitting a jeepney passenger in the head with a gun.

Ruel Caballero, who works as a cashier at the NBI satellite office in Mandaue City, said he was only defending himself against Ronilo Catalan, 33. He said Catalan punched him first.

But Catalan, a worker at a shipping company, said Caballero got angry at him because he reacted when the NBI employee stepped on his foot inside a jeepney.

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“Pagtan-aw nako niya niingon naman nuon nga ‘unsa may problema nimo?,’ dayon bunot sa iyang pusil ug hapak sa akong ulo (When I looked at him, he asked me ‘what’s your problem?’ and then pulled out a gun and hit my head with it),” said Catalan.

Caballero was detained at the Parian Police Station but he was released around 2 p.m.

after he and Catalan agreed to settle the issue, said Parian Police Station Chief Ryan Devaras.

NBI 7 head agent Ernie Monsanto went to the police station to check what happened to Caballero. He said they would have investigated the incident had Caballero and Catalan not resolved their conflict.

Caballero boarded an North Reclamation Area-bound jeepney at 6:45 a.m. along P. del Rosario St. He said he accidentally stepped on Catalan’s foot upon entering the vehicle.

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The NBI 7 employee said Catalan punched him in the face even though he asked for forgiveness for stepping on the other man’s foot.

“Syempre nibalos ko,” he said. “Ako gibunlot akong pusil nga gibutang nako sa bag.

Wala ko’y intention na pusilon siya (I had to fight back. I took out my gun but I did not intend to shoot him).”

Catalan sustained a cut in the cheek where Caballero hit him.

The police said Caballero was able to present a certificate that the .38 revolver he was carrying was issued to him by the NBI.

But other jeepney passengers who saw Caballero holding a gun got scared and ran out of the vehicle. They said they thought there was a hold-up.

Barangay T. Padilla tanod Riley Sebellesa chanced upon the commotion. He saw Caballero being collared by Catalan, whose face was bloody.

He said Caballero introduced himself and surrendered the revolver.

Sebellesa then brought the two men to the Parian Police Station.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 23, 2014.

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