Gun-toting barangay captain facing ultimatum goes to Isko Moreno’s office

Rambo Talabong
Gun-toting barangay captain facing ultimatum goes to Isko Moreno’s office
(UPDATED) Barangay 790 Zone 86 chief Amado Soriano shows up at Isko Moreno's office on Monday, July 29

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Manila Mayor Isko Moreno gave an ultimatum to one of his barangay captains who allegedly beat up and threatened a resident with a gun, eventually leading the captain to show up at Moreno’s office on Monday, July 29.

Bibigyan kita hanggang Lunes. Kapag hindi ka lumabas, chairman, personal na kami bibisita sa ’yo (I will give you until Monday. If you don’t come out, we will personally go to you),” Moreno said in his weekly The Capital Report Facebook live program on Friday night, July 26.

Moreno was acting on a complaint from a Manila resident. Upon his assumption in office, the first-time mayor had promised the people of Manila that he would personally attend to their complaints.

Who was Moreno talking to?  A Facebook user had accused Barangay 790 Zone 86 chief Amado Soriano of beating up her brother and then threatening them with his gun.

Facebook user Caithlyn Amores claimed in her post that Soriano, who was with his “minions,”  hit her brother on the head, using a pipe, and then pointed a gun at him.

She posted photos which appeared to show Soriano grabbing a gun tucked in his shorts.

Moreno’s fear: Moreno said while he wanted an end to such incidents involving elected officials.

Hindi ko papayagan ang iskandalo sa ating mga kalye. Eh kung magkaputukan (I will not allow the scandal in our streets. What if a shootout erupted?)” Moreno said.

Moreno added: “Kaya chairman, meron kang hanggang Lunes. Huwag mong hayaang ipahanap ka pa namin. Pumunta ka na (So chairman, you have until Monday. Don’t make us look for you. Come to us).”

The captain’s surrender: Right on time on Monday, July 29, Soriano turned up at Moreno’s office.

Facing the media, Soriano said he did what he had to do as barangay captain. His constituents were supposedly being unruly, angering him.

Those constituents present at the Manila City Hall, however, responded by saying Soriano beat up his constituents and pulled out his gun. They showed the same photos on Facebook.

According to Moreno, the police will aid the barangay residents with filing their complaints. – Rappler.com

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.