Brothers detained for ‘mauling’ a cop-A A +A
Friday, August 23, 2013
IN A swoop, four brothers were brought to the Tacloban City Police Office (TCPO), detained and will face possible permanent imprisonment as huge amount of bail was recommended for them.
The brothers, Ronic, Jeffrey, Clint and Kim Nicolas, were accused to have allegedly mauled Police Officer 1 Carlos Cordero III last August 17 in Barangay 62-A, Sagkahan District.
The Nicolas brothers are facing charges of direct assault to a person in authority and frustrated murder filed by the TCPO.
The Office of the City Prosecutor (OCP) recommended a bail for P200,000 for each of them.
The P800,000 recommended bail, the brothers said, is not only beyond their reach but also so hard for them to give as they plead their innocence.
“We are the victims here but we ended up accused of mauling him. We are now in jail,” Ronic, 27, said in an interview at the TCPO jail.
He also said that since their detention, “some” police colleagues of Cordero have threatened them, causing them to be wary of their safety inside the lock-up cell.
Ronic and his brothers were locked up by the city police last August 17 around 9 a.m., sharing the small facility along with 34 other inmates.
Based on a resolution issued by the OCP, the Nicolas brothers allegedly mauled Cordero and attempted to take his service firearm during the August 17 incident.
“They took turns in boxing him (Cordero) all over his body and one of them was smashing the victim’s head with a stone repeatedly,” part of the three-page resolution penned by Prosecutor Anthea Macalalag issued on August 19, show.
Cordero reportedly sustain bruises in his body and face.
Accordingly, Cordero went out of his house around 2 a.m. last August 17 to respond to a call seeking for his help as there was a melee that was taking place at that time in their village.
However, instead of pacifying the incident, Cordero was injured allegedly inflicted by the brothers.
But the Nicolas brothers professed their innocence saying that they recognized Cordero as a police officer and they did not mauled him, contrary to his allegations.
“It was him who hit me at my head, using his service firearm. The commotion among us only started when he started shooting aimlessly. Good thing none of us were hit by the bullets coming from his service firearm," Ronic said.
He admitted that they did grabbed Cordero’s hands to stop him from further shooting.
“It was a self-defense act,” he said as he denied that they were in possession of bladed weapons, disputing Cordero’s claim.
Ronic said they sought for Cordero’s assistance as his younger brother, Kim, was attacked by a still unidentified man, who managed to escape before Cordero arrived.
“He was our brother, so it was natural for us to help him. But it is just unfortunate, that we were the ones now charged in court,” Ronic said.
Kim, on board a motorcycle, was on his way to collect their sound system equipment rented by a group just along their village.
Aside from the family-owned sound system facility that they rent out, the brothers work as technicians whose incomes barely make them live a decent life. They are uncertain where they would get the P800,000 bail for them to get their liberty back. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)