The chairman of Barangay 350, Zone 35, District 2 of Sta. Cruz, Manila is facing charges for allegedly beating up a 16-year-old boy inside his office.
The Manila Police District Women and Children’s Protection Desk said barangay chairman Felipe Falcon Jr. will be charged with physical injury in relation to Republic Act 7610 or the Anti-Child Abuse Law.
The teen, identified only as “Max,” said he was whipped with a belt by Falcon over his mistake of calling the village official as a mere “kagawad” or councilman.
“Max” went to the barangay hall to return a mobile phone he found but the official allegedly hit him with the phone and then with his belt.
The barangay captain then left and refused to meet with the parents of the teen.
Manila City Administrator Atty. Ericson Alcomendaz said criminal and administrative charges may be filed against Falcon to make him accountable for his alleged actions.
Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada ordered the appearance of Falcon before his office.