Barangay captain in hot water after putting curfew violators inside dog cage amid community quarantine

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The Barangay Captain of Brgy. Gatid Sta. Cruz, Laguna is facing criticisms after he did a strict punishment to some of its residents who allegedly disrespected them for reminding them about the curfew.

Barangay Captain Eric Panisan Ambrocio has gone viral on the internet after a photo of several residents of Brgy. Gatid were locked inside a dog cage.

A Twitter user accused Ambrosio of instilling to the residents caught by the curfew before letting them free.

“Nanghuli ng mga tao dahil daw curfew. Pinakawalan din matapos mag banta,” @itsmitzisu said.

“Iba talaga impluwensya ng pasismo ni Duterte!” she added.

Mayor Edgar San Luis of Sta. Cruz Laguna reached the news and sent a memo to Ambrosio to warn him about the possible charges that he could face if ever that he repeat the same action again.

“I strongly order you to refrain from any similar actions that will violate due process and the basic rights of our constituents,” the memo received by Ambrocio reads.

Photo: Twitter screengrab

Ambrosio then released a statement to defend his decision, claiming that they were disrespected by the curfew violators.

However, he apologized for what he did and explained that he was only carried away.

“Sa madaling salita po, sila po ay tumagi sa aming pinag uutos at ang masakit po dun,kami po ay sinabihan ng mga kabataan na ito na mga Lasing ng..”MGA G*GO KAYO HINDI NA KAMI MENOR”at inulit pa po ito ng tanungin namin sila ng.”SINONG G*GO?” na sinagot uli nila ng.KAYONG MGA BARANGAY! Sa amin KAPITAN,KONSEHAL,TANOD at sa bumubuo ng SANGGUNIAN,” Ambrocio said.

“Sa kabila po ng PAGOD GUTOM PUYAT para lang maipatupad ang batas para maging maayos at ligtas ang lahat ay makakarinig pa ng mga ganyang salita sa mga taong walang simpatya!!!!KAYO NA PO ANG HUMUSGA!
Muli po…Ako po, Kami po ay humihingi ng PAUMANHIN, PANG UNAWA at higit sa lahat ay RESPETO! Mula po sa akin at sa aming mga PUSO….Sorry po talaga sa mga nangyari.Salamat po at GOD BLESS. Sana po ay malampasan natin ang mga Krisis na ito,” he added.

President Rodrigo Duterte in his televised address on March 12, tasked all Barangay captains to do their job or else face charges.

Duterte said that people disrespecting the barangay captain and officials could face charges.

“Kaya… Itong probema sa dalawa sabihin na — it behooves on the barangay captain actually. The barangay captain is — under the Administrative Code — is a person in authority. That’s why kung makipagsntukan ka ng barangay captain because he is enforcing the law o awayin mo, pareho ang kasalanan mo kung lumaban ka sa pulis or sa person in authority. Mabigat ang barangay captain and teachers also,” Duterte said.

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