FORMER professional basketball player Paul "Bong" Alvarez was locked up in jail after his live-in partner charged him with domestic violence, police said.
The Baguio City Police Station 4 said in a spot report that Alvarez hit his partner while they were on their way home in Purok Cudirao in Loakan Proper, Sunday, April 23.
The former Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) star, dubbed "Mr. Excitement" because of his high-leap and slam dunk acts, will be facing violations of the Anti-Violence against Women and Children (VAWC) or Republic Act 9262.
Police said Alvarez and his live-in partner were drinking earlier in the evening of Sunday at the Burnham Ganza Restaurant when they started to have an argument, which they later patched up.
However, on their way home, the two had another argument, and Alvarez allegedly injured his partner.
In October 2016, Alvarez figured in a brawl in a Quezon City bar. The former PBA cager also got involved in another incident when he mauled a taxi driver in August 2007.
Meanwhile, the Police Regional Office-Cordillera reported that VAWC cases in the region dropped 26 percent in the first quarter of 2017 as compared to the same period last year.
From 384, only 286 cases were recorded all over the region with non-index crimes dipping in the first three quarters of this year. (Roderick Osis/SunStar Philippines)