Raps vs Arayat vice-mayor recommended for dismissal

PAMPANGA. Arayat Vice Mayor Sixto Mallari shows the resolution recommending the dismissal of the case of grave threat and illegal possession of firearms and ammunition filed against him. (Chris Navarro)

THE Office of the Provincial Prosecutor has recommended the dismissal of a complaint of grave threat and illegal possession of firearms and ammunition against Arayat Vice Mayor Sixto Mallari.

In a five-page resolution approved by Provincial Prosecutor Lamberto A. Gonzales Jr. and recommended by Assistant Provincial Prosecutor Marlyds L. Estardo-Teodoro dated October 3, 2019, it was stated that "finding no probable cause, it is hereby respectfully recommended that this complaint be dismissed."

Records show that on June 23, 2019, complainant Jayvee Evangelista Y. David of Mexico, Pampanga who was riding a motorcycle with two other companions alleged that a white Hyundai Tucson overtook them and a man carrying a gun alighted from the vehicle and allegedly pointed it at him.

David then reported the incident to the barangay officials of San Jose Malino and Mexico police.

On July 27, 2019, David pointed to Mallari as the one who allegedly pointed a gun at him during a face-to-face encounter at the house of Mexico Mayor Teddy Tumang.

The vice-mayor denied the accusation, saying he was with his family in the City of San Fernando when the incident happened and that the SUV was being driven by his driver and bodyguard.

A closed circuit television (CCTV) camera footage showed a dark man alighting from the vehicle and confronting the motorcycle-riding men.

"Malinaw sa mga evidence na hindi ako yung tao na pinagbibintangan nila kundi yung security ko, sa pag-aakala niya na ambush yon kaya siya nag react. Kitang kita naman sa CCTV na hindi ako ang itinuturo nila," Mallari said in an earlier interview.

Mallari said the truth finally came out.

"Hindi natutulog si Papa Jesus. Sa una palang ay alam ko na ang katotohanan ay siyang magtatagumpay, dahil malinis and ating pagkatao at hindi natin kailan man ginamit ang posisyon natin sa gobyerno para mang abuso kundi ginagamit natin ito para makatulong sa atin mga kababayan na nananalig at nagtitiwala sa akin," Mallari said. (Chris Navarro)


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