Criminal Raps Filed Against Kagawad Suspect on PWD Man’s Death After Being Tortured
The Barangay Kagawad who was accused as the suspect on the death of person with disability (PWD) man who was filmed being tortured.
Recently, two suspects, including the barangay councilor, were caught torturing a disabled man after accusing him of stealing cable wires. On the footage, the kagawad is seen threatening the PWD employee who is tied to the steel bar.
Based on his medico-legal assessment, the 23-year-old victim, Carlo Layaog, suffered greatly. According to Coron, Palawan PNP, the victim suffered a laceration on his parietal area, multiple hematomas on his upper and lower extremities, abrasions in his upper chest and right wrist, a sawed-off right wrist, and traumatic brain injury.
Following the investigation, a complaint was filed for alleged violations of the Anti-Torture law against councilor Paul John Abe and civilian Jules Mayo. “They are not attempting to flee and will face the charges brought against them,” Police Captain Ervin Plando, Chief of Police ng Coron, Palawan, said.
The defendants will also face charges of Grave Abuse of Authority and Physical Injury, according to DILG Undersecretary Martin Dio. Certain Coron PNP employees were also probed by Layaog’s relatives. According to them, Layaog was taken to the police station at 7 a.m. but was already in the hospital by 4 p.m.
The suspects in Layaog’s alleged torture may have hidden the evidence used in the attack, according to the police. Layaog’s mother, Venus Laderas, said her son was mentally challenged. The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) also criticized the occurrence and stated that an investigation into the matter was underway.
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