2 La Union cops placed under restrictive custody for allegedly beating suspect in mauling of senior citizen

(Eagle News) — The Philippine National Police Regional Office 1 has placed under restrictive custody two La Union policemen who allegedly took turns beating a man who had supposedly mauled a senior citizen.

The PRO1 took PSSG Benjie Mamuyac and PCPL Quincy Von Obillo while investigating their alleged manhandling of Roy Servera, 40, in San Fernando shortly after midnight on December 24.

Servera had been arrested by barangay patrol officers based on the complaint of Benjamin Cabading, 63, who had claimed Servera kicked and pushed him to the ground on Pennsylvania Ave in Barangay Madayegdeg at 12:40 a.m.

The barangay patrol officers turned over the drunk Servera to the Police Community Precinct beside the sub-station where Mamuyac and Obillo were on duty.

Upon learning what Servera was being accused of, Mamuyac and Obillo allegedly took turns mauling him, in apparent sympathy for Cabading.

According to PBGEN Emmanuel Peralta, PRO1 director, placing the two police officers under restrictive custody will ensure their availability with the ongoing investigation.

“Much as we want to give justice to the oppressed, we cannot tolerate any unnecessary actions that are unlawful and against PNP operational policies,” Chief PNP Dionardo Carlos said, lauding the PRO1’s swift response.