Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Archie Francisco Gamboa ordered an investigation into the on the clash between a cop and a foreigner living in a posh village in Makati City, PNP spokesman Police Brigadier General Bernard Banac said on Monday.
In a press statement, Banac said Gamboa directed the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) to look into the incident which happened over the weekend.
Police Senior Master Sergeant Roland Von Madrona was conducting Oplan Bandillo, together with Bantay Bayan personnel Esteban Gaan, in Dasmariñas village when he noticed the housemaid of Javier Parra watering the plants with no face mask.
The cop then advised the maid to wear a face mask for her safety, prompting the maid to go inside the house. Minutes later, Parra and his wife went outside the residence and confronted the law enforcers.
Tension between the two parties escalated when Parra supposedly humiliated the cop and threw foul words at him. Madrona tried to arrest Parra but the latter evaded.
The Makati City Police are set to file charges against Parra for his alleged violation of Article 151 of the Revised Penal Code (Disobedience to a Lawful Person in Authority), Republic Act 11332 (Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act) and City Ordinance 2000-089, for not wearing a face mask, as well as Direct Assault.
Authorities said Parra's maid would also face charges.
Meanwhile, Banac assured the public that police operations are strictly guided by the revised police operational procedures which every cop must observe when making arrests.
"Observance of the police operational procedures establishes presumption of regularity in the performance of duty in any police operation," Banac said. — Anna Felicia Bajo/RSJ, GMA News