Physical injury complaint up vs Pagadian mayor

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014


OFFICIALS of the Zamboanga Sibugay athletic delegation have filed a complaint of physical injury against Pagadian City Mayor Romeo Pulmones, the police said Wednesday.

Zamboanga Peninsula police information officer Chief Inspector Ariel Huesca said the complaint against Pulmones stemmed after the official allegedly slapped and punched an athlete of Zamboanga Sibugay after a basketball game.

Huesca said the incident took place Tuesday after a basketball game at the Dipolog City Sports Complex between Zamboanga Sibugay and Pagadian City in the ongoing Zamboanga Peninsula Regional Athletic Association (ZPRAA) meet.

The complainants are Zamboanga Sibugay Secondary Athletic Manager Eleone Diocares, Secondary Head Coach Dioscoro Escala, Secondary Basketball Boys Coach Junito Gadayan, Secondary Training Director Henry Siaron, and the victim, Julius Marcera Jr. y Atilano, 16, a 4th year student of the National High School in Siay, Zamboanga Sibugay.

Initial investigation showed Pulmones went down to the basketball court area together with more or less 10 unidentified companions and without any sufficient reason got mad, shouted, and scolded the technical and officiating officials, Huesca said.

Huesca added that an unidentified trainer of the Elementary Basketball Boys team of Pagadian City approached Marcera and subsequently grabbed his backpack and right after Pulmones allegedly slapped the athlete hitting at the back of his head.

The unidentified trainer of Pagadian City team also punched Marcera hitting the victim on the left side of his face, Huesca said.

He said the Dipolog City Police Station Mobile Patrol Team 1 led by Senior Police Officer 2 Henry Bilas pacified the incident to prevent further trouble.

He said the group of Pulmones left the playing venue after the incident.

Efforts to reach Pulmones to get his statement concerning the incident proved futile.

However, a reporter based in Pagadian City said that Lea Agonoy of the Pagadian City Government information office said Pulmones refused to comment about the incident. (Bong Garcia)

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