By LITO RULONA,
THE Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo) has started an investigation into allegations that an officer mauled the son of a tabloid owner in the city.
City police director Senior Supt. Faro Antonio Olaguera identified the officer as PO1 Amiel Petallo.
But Olaguera said the alleged mauling victim would need to “properly identify the suspect.”
In a police blotter, marked “off the press” at police station in Divisoria, it was learned that the alleged mauling took place last Wednesday inside a videoke bar.
The complainant, Michael Ampalayohan, 30, of Luna-Capistrano Sts., identified his attacker as “PO1 James Petallo.”
Olaguera said Cocpo has no “PO1 James Petallo” but it lists PO1 Amiel Petallo as one of its.
“James and Amiel Petallo could be one and the same person,” he said.
Ampalayohan claimed that Petallo was with another police officer but it was only the latter who allegedly under the influence of liquor and started the trouble by punching the complainants elder brother who was at the area during the incident.
He said when he tried to pacify the trouble, Petallo started throwing punches and slammed him on the floor. The complainant suffered deep cut to the head.
He also alleged that Petallo pulled his service pistol and aimed at him while he was
still sprawled on the floor.
Petallo, who was in civilian attire and was reportedly a regular customer of the establishment, accused the victims were drug addicts.
On the same day, Petallo reportedly went to Ampalayohan and allegedly asked for an amicable settlement.