THE barangay chairman in Manila who allegedly harmed a 16-year-old boy right inside his barangay hall in District 2 in Sta. Cruz, had been formally charged before the Manila Prosecutor’s Office with physical injury in relation to Republic Act 7610 or the Anti-Child Abuse Law.
According to the complaint lodged by the boy, whose name is being withheld on account of his being a minor, the chairman, identified as Felipe Falcon Jr., of Bgy. 350, Zone 35, allegedly beat him up Saturday last week when he failed to recognize him and mistook him for a barangay kagawad.
Before that, the boy claimed before the MPD-Women and Children’s Protection Desk (WCPD) that he merely went to the barangay hall to hand over a cellphone to his friend who was arrestd at around 11:30 p.m. Falcon, he said, asked what he was doing there and asked if he knew who the chairman was. Falcon allegedly got mad when the victim called him ‘kuya’ and thought he was a mere barangay kagawad.
The complainant said the barangay chairman slapped him with a cellphone on the face, beat him up using his belt’s buckle and then hit his head with the dry seal, causing him to sustain injuries in the head and face. The chairman was said to have been aided by several others in mauling the boy, stopping only when the victim’s father arrived.
As of this writing, police said the chairman, who was reportedly reeking of liquor when the incident happened, had not surfaced in the barangay hall.