Makati City police said they would file multiple charges against the Spanish national who had an altercation with the law enforcers in Dasmariñas Village.
Javier Salvador Parra would face several charges including disobedience to a person in authority, not wearing face mask outside the home, direct assault and violation of Republic Act No. 11332, or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act.
The police will also file a case against the housemaid Cherelyn Escalante for violating City Ordinance No. 2020-089, or the mandatory wearing of face masks outside the house during the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine.
The Spanish national, however, said he would also file countercharges against the Makati police Senior Master Sgt. Roland Von Madrona for assaulting and causing him injuries.
Makati Mayor Abby Binay, the Dasmariñas Village Association board, and the Philippine National Police will conduct separate investigations on the incident.
Meanwhile, PNP chief Gen. Archie Gamboa directed National Capital Region Police Office chief Police Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas to probe the altercation while reminding the public that the PNP’s best interest is “for the police to enforce enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) rules and local ordinances to contain the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19).”
“The law must be upheld at all times, most especially during a public health emergency where the welfare and safety of the people are of paramount concern,” said city legal officer and spokesperson Michael Camiña.
Trespassing and arrest with no warrant
According to Para, Escalante reported to him that Madrona was outside his house, asking her to pay P1,000 fine for not wearing a face mask while watering the plants at around 6 pm, Sunday.
Parra said he then confronted Madrona and told him “that a fine isn’t necessary as it occurred on private property.”
He also said in an email to the media that he was not aware that there is a law saying that “inside your own property, you must wear a face mask.”
Madrona, however, charged at him, “trespassing [on] my private property without a valid search warrant and wanting to arrest me for no valid reason.”
Parra’s wife and a village guard, Esteban Gaan, caught the whole incident in a video. The wife could be heard begging the police not to hurt Parra.
“Despite this, on my own lawn, the policeman grabbed my hands and brutally threw me to the ground and caused me physical injury and abrasions,” Parra recounted.
Makati police report said the housemaid was watering the plants “outside the perimeter property without a face mask.”
The report also said Parra argued with Madrado and even challenged him on how to implement the ECQ.