POLICE officers in Cagayan de Oro City vowed to pursue a cyberlibel complaint against an individual who masqueraded himself or herself as a Facebook troll, accusing cops assigned here of mauling a robbery suspect.
In a press conference, Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo) Station 9 commander Senior Insp. Mario Mantala Jr. said they have already asked assistance from the Philippine National Police (PNP) Cybercrime Group 10 to help track down the IP address of the user behind the Facebook troll Hostado Abogado.
In a series of posts on Monday, Hostado Abogado accused police officers assigned in Cocpo Station 9 located in barangay Macasandig of mauling robbery suspect Janbert Pagula, 23, while under custody.
That Facebook profile has since been taken down. It was unclear at this point whether the user himself or Facebook deleted the page.
Mantala presented Pagula Tuesday to the media during the press conference.
The detainee himself appeared to be in good health although Mantala admitted that he (Pagula) was mauled last November 29 by responding residents who first apprehended the suspect through a citizen’s arrest at Upper 20th St., barangay Nazareth moments after a 7:40 p.m. robbery that transpired in nearby Tomas Saco St.
Mantala denied the postings of Hosgado Abogado alleging that it was the police officers who mauled him while already in their custody.
“The viral post on Facebook, with negative comments against the personnel of Police Station-9, which is not true and it was only merely fabricated by the evil minds of the Hostado Abogado Facebook account,” he said.
Mantala added that rather than bringing Pagula directly to the police station for detention, the police officers brought him immediately to JR Borja General Hospital for treatment to numerous injuries he sustained.
Even the suspect’s sister Jingue expressed her gratitude to police officers for “rescuing” his brother from the mauling mob and for immediately bringing him to the hospital.
Pictures of a blooded Pagula were part of Hostado Abogado’s postings.
In the robbery that transpired at a 7-Elevan branch along Tomas Saco St., Pagula and one other suspect forcibly took the cell phone of a 7-Eleven customer named Ressa Maligmat, 22, before fleeing. Pagula served as the driver of the getaway Suzuki black motorcycle with no license plate.
Alerted residents caught upon Pagula in neighboring Upper 20th St. and took turns mauling him. The second suspect was able to flee, along with the victim’s cell phone.
This was the first of a second incident this week when concerned residents in Cagayan de Oro City effected citizen’s arrest and took turns mauling a criminal suspect.
On Tuesday, concerned residents turned over to Cocpo Station 6 in barangay Puerto a serial suspect in lasciviousness also through citizen’s arrest. The suspect was already mauled and bloodied when police officers received him for custody.
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