A police officer was charged before the Quezon City Regional Trial Court for inflicting physical injuries to two minors last August.
Charged with violation of Section 10(a) of Republic Act 7610 (Child Abuse Law) was PO1 Arman Joseph Macaraeg, of 60 Sampaguita St., Bgy. Holy Spirit, QC.
The case stemmed from the complaints of Joanna Rodrigo, the mother of the two victims, who claimed that the incident took place on the night of Aug. 7, 2016 on Sampaguita Street.
Based on the complaint-affidavit of Rodrigo’s son, he, together with his friends, were playing on Sampaguita Street while Macaraeg was standing beside a post and talking to someone on his cellphone.
Macaraeg allegedly approached the complainant’s son and suddenly choked him and pulled his shirt.
The boy had the chance to escape and ran to their house.
Macaraeg, however, pursued and was able to catch the boy on the collar.
Upon seeing her brother being manhandled by the respondent, the boy’s sister approached them and confronted the latter.
But the respondent turned on the sister and slapped her on the right cheek.
Both minors, who were clueless on why Maca-raeg maltreated them, experienced great fear and trauma from what had happened.
In his counter-affidavit, the respondent denied the allegations against him, saying that it was the boy who was rude to him when told him and his friends to refrain from making noise since his sick mother was resting.
Macaraeg claimed that he told the boy to go home but the latter suddenly ran away. He went after the boy with the intention of informing his parents about his behavior.
But in her three-page resolution, Assistant City Prosecutor Maria Raiisa Mariño-Geronimo found probable cause to indict the respondent in court since the complainant was able to provide documentary evidence -- medical certificates -- of her children which reflected the injuries they sustained due to the incident.
“The actions of the respondent of grabbing the boy by his shirt along the street in front of the neighbors and pursued him after he ran away clearly shows that he intends to debase, degrade and demean the intrinsic worth and dignity of the minor. Likewise, the slapping of the boy’s sister is very demeaning more so it was done in public,” as stated in the resolution.
Geronimo said she gave full weight and credence to the straightforward assertions of the complainants which is supported by concrete evidence contrary to the sheer denial of the respondent.
A bail of P80,000 was recommended for the provisional liberty of the respondent.