Fishball vendor accuses mayor of manhandling

TOBOSO, Neg.Occ. – A fishball vendor here accused Mayor Richard Jaojoco of manhandling him.

Marjun Canizares, 23, told reporters during the weekend that he could not think of any reason why Jaojaco him picked up from his house and brought to a place where the latter allegedly physically abused him.

Canizares, who was allegedly “abducted” by Jaojoco for one hour, described the incident as traumatic.

He underwent medical examination and later reported the incident to the police.

Canizares narrated to reporters that he was already sleeping at their house with a fellow 16-year-old fishball vendor when he was awakened by a knock at his door.

He said that he opened it and was surprised to see two men who pointed a gun at him.

Canizares also claimed that two more armed men barged in and also pointed a gun at his companion.

He identified the four as close-in bodyguards of Jaojoco.

He added that they were forced to board two separate motorcycles. His companion was brought to another place while he found himself in front of Jaojoco who was reportedly drinking with his bodyguards.

Canizares claimed that the mayor threw a fist at both sides of his face and pointed a gun at his head.

He added that he was hit with a chair at the back of his head.

The victim was sent home after he gave his statement at police station headed by Insp. Joery Puerto, chief of police.

Canizares claimed that the mayor’s bodyguards suspected him as the one who threw a firecracker during the distribution of (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program) 4Ps recently.

He denied the accusation claiming that it was one of his friends who threw the firecracker.

Canizares added that some persons close to the mayor offered money to his father to appease him but the latter refused to receive it.

Both Jaojoco and Puerto denied the allegations of Canizares in separate radio interviews here.

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