Town mayor, ex-Capitol official trade punches in Bogo City

FORMER Capitol chief security officer Loy Madrigal is preparing attempted murder and Comelec gun ban violation complaints against Medellin Mayor Ricardo Ramirez, saying the mayor punched him in the face and fired at him yesterday.

But Ramirez said it was he who was attacked, and posted a photo of his swollen face on social media yesterday. The photo shows him with his right eye swollen.

Ramirez said the alleged mauling was politically motivated because he is supporting Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for president.

Madrigal also showed scratches on his right knee and a reddened left cheek. He is allegedly supporting Liberal Party candidates in northern Cebu.

He had been staying in Gabrielle Court 3 in Barangay Taytayan, Bogo City for three days when the incident happened yesterday. The mayor was also in the same place.

Madrigal said he was drinking coffee at 7 a.m. right across Ramirez’s room when he saw the mayor coming out of Room 102 with a female companion.

He said Ramirez saw him and approached him “in a menacing manner.”

“What I did, I immediately made use of my phone and took a video of (the mayor),” Madrigal said in his affidavit.

Then they traded punches, Madrigal said. Madrigal said he overpowered Ramirez.

When he believed Ramirez was neutralized, he told him, “Rick, nganong imo man ko gisumbag? Kamaldito nimo. Wala man tika dapati (Why did you hit me? I didn’t do anything).”

Video

A video footage sent to Sun.Star Cebu showed Ramirez telling Madrigal, “Gisumbag ko imong cell phone (I punched your cell phone).”

Based on the video, Ramirez was irked when he saw Madrigal taking a video of him.

Nganong mag-video man ka (What’s that for)?” Ramirez said.

Madrigal said it’s his right.

When Madrigal insisted that it was the mayor who punched him first, the mayor said, ”Kinsay mas dako natong duha, ako’y manguna (Why would I hit you first? Who’s bigger)?”

On the accusation that he hit Madrigal first, Ramirez said, “Hai man, hai man ako agi (Where’s your proof)?”

After the confrontation, they both went out of the building. When Madrigal was on board his Chevrolet Suburban, he saw the mayor aiming his gun at him, so he reversed.

He heard a gunshot and noticed that the door on the left side of his car was punctured. The glass window was also broken.

Seeing that the mayor was still aiming his gun at him, he crawled out of the car and slipped out. He ran toward a grassy area at the back of Gabrielle Court 3 and hid there.

When he saw Ramirez leaving in his BMW with the female companion, he returned to his car and drove to Bogo Police Station to report the incident.

At 3 p.m. yesterday, Bogo City Police Director Supt. Richard Oliver was still looking for the mayor.

Suspect

Cebu Provincial Police Office Director Senior Supt. Clifford Gairanod said they consider Ramirez as a suspect in the shooting of Madrigal’s vehicle.

The police official said they are tracking down Ramirez, an ally of One Cebu gubernatorial candidate Winston Garcia.

“I received a phone call as early as 7 a.m. Nag-abot daw si mayor and Loy Madrigal. According to our initial report, they had a fistfight. Gikapoy na siguro silag sinumbagay, nilakaw si Loy, apan gipusil ni mayor. Natamaan yong driver side of Loy’s vehicle (Probably tired of fighting, Loy left, the mayor fired at him, hitting the driver’s side of Loy’s car instead),” said Gairanod.

After learning about the incident, the police official ordered his personnel to arrest the mayor.

Wala pa man nag 24 hours, so we can still pursue him. There is no exemption here. He is considered a suspect, but we will still check kung kinsa ang nag-una og panumbag (We will check who attacked first). We will check the closed circuit television camera (CCTV) footage and statements of the witnesses to verify on what really happened,” said Gairanod.

A police officer, part of the team that’s looking for Ramirez, said they called off their operation after learning that Madrigal filed complaints against the mayor before the Office of the City Prosecutor yesterday afternoon.

Lawyer Vincent Isles said he will assist Madrigal in the complaints filed against Ramirez.

It wasn’t the first time that Madrigal and Ramirez figured in a controversy. The first was when Ramirez posted in social media photos of Madrigal and his married secretary waiting for their flight to Cebu.

The photograph led to an investigation against Madrigal, leading to his resignation from Capitol.

Madrigal now works in the US.

He arrived in Cebu last Friday supposedly to help United Nations personnel from the UK to document illegal fishing in Cebu.

He denied serving a politician in the north.

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