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Charges eyed vs. Abra town councilor for mauling cop

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Police in Cordillera are preparing charges against a councilor of Dolores, Abra, who allegedly mauled a policeman who reminded him of curfew hours.

Brig. Gen. R’win Pagkalinawan, regional police director, condemned the incident and tasked the Cordillera PNP’s Legal Service to help the local police unit file charges against Councilor Russ Zapata.

“We will not allow these things to happen, especially to our personnel who are working hard to keep our community safe,” Pagkalinawan said in a statement.

According to a report from the regional police, the incident occurred Friday night.

Patrolwoman Phoebe Chumanao was driving her motorcycle in Brgy. Poblacion, when somebody shouted at her.

This prompted her to return, and then she saw Zapata and another man.

Chumanao reminded the two that curfew is being implemented from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., but Zapata “challenged” her and pointed his finger towards the policewoman, the report said.

Chumanao left and returned to the Dolores Police Station, then conducted mobile patrol later that night with Pat. Lowie Gie  Itchon.

The two saw Zapata and his group at a “pancitan” and reminded them again of the curfew, but the councilor attacked Itchon with the aid of his companions, the report said.

Itchon’s arms were held behind his back while someone was punching his face and other parts of the body, it said.

One of the attackers also took away his service firearm, according to the report.

Itchon suffered scratches on his eyebrow, a swollen cheek, and chest pains because of the attack, police said.

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