Tuesday, June 19, 2007
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — (Ben Balce / June 19) AT LEAST four members of the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office are now in trouble after beating and arbitrarily detaining civilian Renjun Catamco, 32, last Saturday.
Catamco is still detained at the Maharlika Detention Center for alleged involvement in drug pushing, a charge he denies.
Catamco’s relative Rose Jane Balaba claimed Catamco was beaten and kicked in the face, head and stomach by police officers. Although Balaba lodged a complaint on Saturday evening yet, it was only Monday morning when action was taken on the case.
Balaba identified the suspects as a certain Yamis, Nacaya, La Victoria and Jodaps, all members of the City Drug Enforcement Unit of the Cagayan de Oro Police.
"If that’s true. That is a violation of our policy," said City Director Senior Supt. Aurellio Trampe adding he have not yet received formal complaint.
Internal Affairs OIC Insp. Henry Peñero said they are still waiting for a formal complaint from the victim.