Police file complaint vs Makati resident for resisting arrest, cursing cops

Rambo Talabong
Makati police accuse Javier Salvador Parra of unjust vexation, direct assault, and disobedience to authority, and not wearing a face mask

ARREST. Senior Master Sergeant Roland Von Madrona attempts to arrest Javier Salvador Parra in Dasmariñas Village, Makati City. Rappler screenshot

MANILA, Philippines – The Makati Police has filed a complaint against Javier Salvador Parra, the Spanish citizen living in Dasmariñas Village, Makati City, whom authorities attempted to arrest for allegedly violating quarantine rules.

This was confirmed to Rappler by Makati police chief Colonel Rogelio Simon on Tuesday, April 28, who said they were accusing Parra of committing the following violations:

  • Unjust vexation – Article 287 of the Revised Penal Code (RPC)
  • Direct assault – Article 148 of the RPC
  • Disobedience to authority – Article 151 of the RPC
  • Violation of Republic Act No. 11332 or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act
  • Violation of Makati Ordinance 2000-089 or not wearing a face mask

The complaint stems from the police’s encounter with Parra on Sunday afternoon when he confronted a cop, Senior Master Sergeant Roland Von Madrona, after the law enforcer tried to fine him P1,000 for allegedly allowing his house help to water their plants without wearing a face mask.

Parras shouted and cursed at Madrona for his enforcement of the face mask rule, saying that his house help was inside their property and that she was alone in tending the plants. Police said she was outside the property.

Madrona eventually decided to arrest Parra, tackling him to the ground. Parra’s wife, Abegail Salvador, kept on screaming at Madrona to stop, eventually persuading him by saying Parra had a severe back injury.

Parra is planning on suing cops in return. His lawyers, he said, are still studying the case.

No law or regulation states that a person or his companions must wear face masks in their private property to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. (READ: Luzon lockdown: What are the do’s and don’ts?)

The encounter is the latest in a series of reported incidents of alleged police abuse. On April 19, cops barged into the Pacific Plaza Towers in Taguig City and were seen acting aggressively to enforce quarantine guidelines. Retired Supreme Court associate justice Antonio Carpio said policemen in the Taguig incident violated the law for entering without a court-issued warrant. – 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.