BAGUIO CITY – A 25-year old helper was arrested after he was found to be in possession of bladed weapons in violation of the existing ban imposed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and inflicting injuries to a waitress inside a bar along Uppder Padre Burgos, Monday dawn.
Senior Superintendent George D. Daskeo, acting city director of the Baguio City Police Office, identified the arrested suspect as Michael James Cabutotan Maganis, 25, single, helper, native of Nagsabaran, Bangar, La Union and presently residing at No.31 Rimando Road, Trancoville, Baguio City.
Initial police investigation showed the suspect and a companion were customers of the bar when the former had a misunderstanding with Alexis Alegria Castro, 19, single, waitress, native of Bulacan and presently residing in Middle San Carlos, Baguio City forcing him to repeatedly punch her face.
A member of the Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team (BPAT) tried to interfere by pacifying the commotion but the suspect pulled and tore his jacket and accused him of not being in proper uniform and subsequently threatening to punch him.
The embattled BPAT member immediately sought assistance from the patrolling law enforcers who tried to arrest the suspect but he resisted until he was subdued and eventually brought to the BCPO headquarters.
During the conduct of the mandatory body search, the suspect was found to be in possession of a cutter and a Swiss knife which is in violation of the Comelec ban.
The suspect stands to face charges of violation of the Comelec ban, physical injuries and disobedience to an agent of a person in authority which will be filed against him.
By Dexter A. See