A POLICEMAN hauled his male childhood friend to jail over claims of molestation.
Police Officer 1 Joemon Ras Cainday, 32, a member of the Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Unit (TIEU), accused 29-year old Edwin Pineda of groping while they were inside Anita Lodge at Barangay McArthur, La Paz, Iloilo City.
The incident happened at around 10 p.m. of Jan. 4, 2018.
Cainday intimated to SPO2 Allain Celda, LaPaz police investigator, that he was tired and decided to take a rest at the motel.
But as he was easing up in bed, he got awakened when Pineda started fondling him.
Cainday said he pushed Pineda away but the latter allegedly took out a cutter and attacked him.
The cop suffered a shallow slash wound on his chest.
Incidental to Pineda’s lawful arrest was the recovery of a sachet of suspected shabu placed inside a box.
Cainday claimed he recovered it tucked from the suspect’s underwear.
Senior Inspector Rey Sumagaysay, La Paz police chief, said Cainday accused Pineda of physical injury and violation of Republic Act 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002).
“But from what I gathered, the suspect might also be filing a counter-charge against PO1 Cainday,” Sumagaysay said.
Sumagaysay said Pineda alleged that he and Cainday have a romantic relationship.
“As to what happened despite their long-time friendship, we would have to dig deeper,” he added.
But Sumagaysay heard that the two quarreled after the Cainday discussed that his wife knew about his alleged relationship with Pineda.
In his version of the incident, Pineda told police investigators that it was Cainday who asked him to go to the motel for drinks.
While inside, the suspect claimed that Cainday initiated the fondling episode.
He did not elaborate how the fight started but Pineda insisted that he did not own the suspected shabu.
“The drug taken from me was not mine,” Pineda said, adding it may have been “planted” on him.
He also denied that he attacked the policeman with a cutter.
Sumagaysay said both Cainday and Pineda underwent medical examination immediately after they were brought to the police station.
Superintendent Alexander Rosales, Cainday’s immediate superior, said the complainant was assigned to his office in February 2017.
Cainday is married and has three children.