Bgy head verbally assaulted during mediation in Ecija

SAN ANTONIO, Nueva Ecija – A barangay chairman mediating a dispute that occurred on Monday morning here was verbally assaulted right inside the barangay hall where the two feuding parties' face-off later took place.

Police identified the aggrieved official as barangay captain Benedicto Pablo, of Bgy. Julo.

Town police head Major Roderick Corpuz said the direct assault incident occurred at 12:45 p.m. during a face-off between two of the barangay officials feuding constituents identified as Oliver Nazar and Richard Miranda, who earlier figured in a fistfight.

Pablo met with the two protagonists to patch up their differences when Rose Ann Mendoza, 30, a sister of the battered and bruised Miranda, allegedly butted in and put to shame the barangay official by uttering defamatory words against him.

Pablo, who was just performing his official function as chief implementer of the barangay justice system, then ordered the police to immediately arrest the woman for violation of Article 148 (direct assault) of the Revised Penal Code.

The barangay official, who admitted this was the first time he was maligned in public by a woman, vowed to pursue the charges to show them that barangay officials like him ought to be respected.

"Nag-u-umiyak ngayon yung suspect na nakakulong, na anak pa ng kumpare ko, sabi niya sa akin ibalato ko na lang daw sa kaniya, pero masyadong kahiya-hiya ang ginawang pambabastos sa akin ng kanyang anak. Tinatanggap ko ang sorry nila, pero dapat siyang matuto at mabigyan ng leksyon," Pablo told this reporter yesterday.

Pablo said the trouble started when Miranda allegedly invited Nazar to a drinking bout that morning, triggering a heated verbal exchange between them which resulted in a fistfight.

He also said the feud was possibly ignited by an issue involving the alleged removal of the name of a Miranda family member in the list of the DSWD's 4Ps beneficiaries.