Cops abducted Mulawan: Oro mayor

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Friday, August 29, 2014

AFTER a Cavite trial court judge dismissed the rape case filed against Cagayan de Oro Water District (COWD) senior draftsman and whistleblower Emmanual Mulawan Sr., Mayor Oscar Moreno said the arresting officers, who identified themselves as members of the Gitagum town police and apprehended Mulawan, have a lot of explaining to do.

“The police who arrested Mr. Mulawan and brought him to Manila have a lot of explaining to do. I believe the police abducted him,” Moreno said.

Mulawan was arrested in his office inside COWD on June 11, 2014 and immediately brought to Imus, Cavite the following day by four arresting officers from Gitagum police station.


Mulawan told reporters during the press conference at the city hall Thursday morning that he remembers the policemen’s answer when he asked who was behind his arrest – “ordered from the higher-ups.”

“I asked one of the policemen about the expenses of the tickets. When he replied, I butted in and asked him who sponsored the tickets. He didn’t elaborate, but constantly said, ‘from the higher ups’ which I did not question further,” he said.

When they arrived in Manila, he expected to be brought to Camp Crame keeping in mind the “higher-ups” would mean high-ranking police officials, but he was brought instead to Dasmariñas city jail before he was detained in Imus, Cavite, until his release on August 27.

Mulawan, however, denied that he was framed up because of his advocacy in exposing alleged anomalies inside COWD, particularly the board of directors and the general manager.

“I could not point to the COWD board of directors and the general manager as the culprit behind my arrest, but all I could say is – justice will soon prevail,” Mulawan said.

Moreno assured Mulawan and his family that the city government will do everything so that justice will be served, however, it will not delve into Mulawan’s involvement in exposing the alleged wrongdoings in COWD.

“There will be an investigation and I will think about it thoroughly yet. But I should not comment on issues where Manny is involved in because I might come out as biased. Rest assured, we, from the city government, will do everything we can to render justice to him,” Moreno said.

Mulawan believes that his experience inside the jail, although harrowing, was worth it and that he is at peace with himself.

“I believe my fight was not for myself but for the concessionaires of water district,” he said.

After the press conference Mulawan has been brought to a hospital for physical check-up as he loses weight and limps.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on August 29, 2014.

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