Town exec, police face charges before Ombud-A A +A
Thursday, February 27, 2014
ASTURIAS Vice Mayor Joel Dumdum, his two relatives and six police officers are facing criminal charges before the Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas for allegedly barging into a house of a town resident and forcibly taking him.
Last Jan. 31, Dumdum, his nephews Dean and Dave, and six policemen allegedly threatened Philip Nierves of Barangay Looc Norte, Asturias with a gun and took him to the Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) in Cebu City where he was forced to sign a document with English text.
Helen Completo also accused the group of forcing her to go with them on the same day to the CPPO, where she was questioned about the assassination attempt on Vice Mayor Dumdum.
The vice mayor denied the allegations of Nierves and Completo.
“Wala ko diha pagkahitabo (I was not there when it happened),” he said. “Unsa may labot nako (What have I got to do with it)?”
He said it is not his nature to barge into houses and threaten anyone.
On Jan. 30, the police arrested a man who was allegedly part of a group hired to kill Vice Mayor Dumdum.
Vice Mayor Dumdum, his two nephews and six policemen were charged with robbery, kidnapping, serious illegal detention, child abuse, abandoning a minor, grave misconduct, abuse of authority, and gross oppression.
Nierves is the caretaker of the house of his uncle, Pompey Rallos, who is based in the United States.
Rallos executed an affidavit-complaint accusing the vice mayor, his two nephews and six police officers of robbery and domicile, which is a violation of the Revised Penal Code.
Other respondents in the complaints are police officer Leah Juarez, another police officer named Logronio and four
In his complaint-affidavit, Nierves said he and his one-year-old son were inside Rallos’ house when the vice mayor arrived on a pickup truck with seven men and a woman.
Nierves said Dave Dumdum opened the gate with force and allegedly pointed a gun at him.
“Don't move because if you move, I will kill you,” Nierves quoted Dave as saying.
Nierves said the vice mayor and Dean Dumdum allegedly pointed their guns at him and told him to lie on the floor while the others went around the house opening doors and bags.
He said the group did not present a search or arrest warrant.
The group allegedly ordered him to go with them even though he pleaded that there was no one to watch over his child.
Nierves said he was handcuffed, blindfolded and led to the pickup truck while his son was left crying.
They went another house to get Completo. Nierves and Completo were then brought to the CPPO in Barangay Lahug, Cebu City.
Nierves said he was questioned and forced to sign a document. “I cannot understand and it was not read to me but I was forced to sign the document which I did as I was so afraid, worried and confused,” he said in his affidavit.
Nierves and Completo were later allowed to go home. They said they had to ask people at the CPPO for fare money.
Completo, in her affidavit, said she was brought to the CPPO on the same day and questioned about what she knew of the plans to kill Vice Mayor Dumdum. She said she told the group that she has no knowledge of the assassination plot.
Rallos, in his affidavit-complaint, said he came home on Feb.9 after receiving a text message that his house was raided.
He said several pieces of jewelry and P595,500 cash went missing during the incident.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 27, 2014.