The chief of police of Coron denied claims made in the social media that he assaulted a tricycle driver on Friday night, July 19.
Police Maj. Thirz Starky Timbancaya, chief of the Coron Municipal Police Station (MPS), said the alleged assault was a “mere fabricated story” by netizen Masamok A Mangoda who posted about it on July 20.
He said Mangoda is most likely tricycle driver Jamiljalal Sultan who wanted to avenge the arrest of a relative because of illegal drugs in 2017.
In this year, he said they arrested a man called “Alias Typhoon” who is a relative of Sultan.
The suspect’s arrest due to illegal drugs was followed in 2018 by the five others who are also Sultan’s relatives.
“Saksakan ng dami ng shabu, at [noong] nakaraang linggo lang nahuli si Amino Dimaporo pinsang buo din [niya]. Kaya ito gumawa sila ng fake news para matibag ako at kanilang ganti sa mga napahuli kong kamag-anak nila,” he said.
Timbancaya recalled that on the night of July 19, they served a warrant of arrest against Jeruel Fabon (alias Lupin and Ulo) in Sinamay Coron.
Sultan passed by the area where the arrest was happening with his tricycle lights glaring and his music creating loud noise in the community.
“Way back Friday night, we conducted a police operation to serve the warrant of arrest against sa notorious na magnanakaw ng Coron na kung saan dumaan ‘yong tricycle driver malakas ‘yong ilaw. ‘Yong headlight nakakasilaw, malakas pa ‘yong tugtog, wala ring pasahero — nanakaw niya ang atensyon namin, especially ako.’Yong open-pipe galit ako d’yan talagang pinapatanggal ko. ‘Yong sound system din na malakas mostly gumagamit nyan ‘yong drivers na sa gabi lang lumalabas, nagpapatugtog ng malakas. Kaya pinara ko muntik pa nga akong sagasaan — nagulat [siya] dahil may pulis, ‘yon po ang totoo doon,” he said.
Timbancaya said he asked for the driver’s license and asked him to tone down the loud sound system of his tricycle.
He admitted scolding the tricycle driver, but added he did not in any way hurt him.
“Talagang pinagalitan ko. Pero pinabubulaanan ko, pinagdidiinan ko, walang pananakit na nangyari, ‘yon na kami naman ihahatid namin ‘yong nahuli sa ospital for medical. Naki-angkas kami doon sa driver, pagdating namin doon sa station hanggang sa may gate lang. Hanggang doon lang, pinaalalahanan ko uli sabi ko tanggalin ‘yan (open-pipe) o kaya kung magpatugtog ay ‘yong tama lang ang lakas,” he said.
Timbancaya said he plans to take legal action against Sultan and will coordinate with the Cyber Crime Unit.
He added that he is also willing to face any formal complaint from Sultan’s side.
Mangoda’s post, which has gained 500 reactions and comments and 4,000 shares from netizens, claimed Timbancaya committed a violation when he hit the tricycle driver.
“Tulungan niyo po ako na pasikatin natin ito. Chief of police ng Coron, Palawan. Sinuntok at tinapok ako kagabi (July 19) ng walang voilation. Isa po akong tricycle driver ng Coron, Palawan 19 years-old pa lang ako. Sana po matulungan niyo po ako na maihatul sa kanya ang nararapat na parusa na nakalaan sa batas,” Mangoda’s caption said.
The post also posted a photo of Timbancaya, x-ray result, and a picture of Sultan.