Vice mayor sues Australian over traffic melee-A A +A
Thursday, August 29, 2013
DAVAO City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and his police escort filed complaints before the City Prosecutor's Office against an Australian national who allegedly tried to run over them along McArthur Highway in Bangkal, Davao City Tuesday.
Facing charges of direct assault and frustrated murder is Michael Hatcher, a 73-year-old businessman, who hails from Queensland, Australia and a transient resident of Doña Vicenta Village, Phase 2.
Duterte along with Police Officer 2 Roy Osiones filed the complaint before Prosecutor Gaye Cañete Magdasang on Tuesday afternoon.
Investigation conducted by Talomo police showed that Hatcher was travelling along the south bound lane of the said highway onboard a Honda Stream Wagon while Duterte and his convoy were coming from Tahimik Avenue, and was on their way to downtown area.
Duterte's convoy allegedly blocked the way of Hatcher's vehicle, prompting the latter to swerve his vehicle in an attempt to avoid Duterte's convoy.
But as Hatcher swerved to the left, he came close to hitting the white Nissan Navarra pick up which was part of Duterte's convoy.
Duterte along with Osiones alighted from their vehicle and introduced themselves to Hatcher, who ignored them and sped off his vehicle, instead.
Fortunately, Duterte and Osiones avoided the accelerating vehicle that almost hit them.
Part of Duterte's convoy chased Hatcher and cornered him in front of the Mabini Elementary School in Bangkal. Hatcher was then endorsed to Talomo police where he is currently detained.
Duterte told reporters on Tuesday that Hatcher was the one who blocked their way and when he along with Osiones approached the Australian's vehicle, the accused rolled down his window and started shouting at them and accelerated his vehicle.
Duterte also cited Hatcher was also infuriated when he was arrested and he wanted to assault the vice mayor.
Duterte's lawyer Alexis Lumbatan, in a separate interview, said: "Padulong gyud na sa deportation proceedings kay mao man ni ang mga preliminaries nga pwede ipasakang kaso sa iyaha. Of course, naa tay due process nga gina-follow that is why we are gathering all the evidence nga magpatuod nga kaning tawhana dili desirable nga alien, (This case is on its way to deportation proceedings as it is the preliminaries that may be charged against him. Of course we have due process to follow that is why we are gathering all the evidence to prove that he is an undesirable alien.)"
For his part, Hatcher said he was still traumatized after he was kidnapped in Cagayan de Oro City months ago, the reason why he didn't want to talk to Duterte when they tried to approach him.
"I don't know who the vice mayor of Davao City is. I don't even know who the mayor is. So when he was approaching me, I then sped off thinking that he might be a kidnapper," Hatcher told Sun.Star Davao.
The foreigner also said the people who approached him were not wearing any uniform that is why he tried to resist arrest.
The foreigner also said that Duterte lost his temper and was shouting and pointing at his face when he was accosted by the latter's escort.
Hatcher added he is set to file charges against Duterte for abuse of authority, breaking traffic laws and illegal detention.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 29, 2013.