Relieved police chief of Bato, Catanduanes defends his viral post

Relieved police chief of Bato, Catanduanes defends his viral post

- Relieved chief of police Ariel Buraga was given the chance to explain himself in an interview

- He said that he only wanted to emphasize the need to respect police officers

- According to him, he saw in the video that it was Sonya Gregorio’s disrespect that triggered the shooting incident

- The relieved chief of police said that he accepts the consequence of what he did

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Relieved police chief of Bato, Catanduanes, Police Captain Ariel Buraga, explained himself over his controversial post and accepted its consequence.

Relieved police chief of Bato, Catanduanes explains himself over controversial post
Former Police Chief of Bato, Catanduanes (Photo credit: @arielruego.buraga.9)
Source: Facebook

Buraga’s controversial Facebook post, expressing that it was Sonya Gregorio who was at fault for the shooting incident in Paniqui, Tarlac, caused him his position as the police chief of Bato, Catanduanes.

Bato Mayor Juan Rodulfo appealed for the dismissal of the chief of police since he deemed that Buraga’s loyalty is with his fellow law enforcers, not with the town constituents. The said request was immediately granted.

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In an interview with Radyo Natin Virac, Buraga was given the chance to explain himself. He was asked about his reaction regarding the attention he received from social media. The official was also asked to clarify his stand on the issue.

“Sir, ano po ang masasabi ninyo dahil nag-viral na po ‘yung post po ninyo sa Facebook ukol rito. Ano ba talaga ang kahulugan po ninyo doon sa post na ‘yun na nag-viral po sa social media?” the interviewer asked.

Buraga insisted that he was only trying to emphasize the need to respect police officers, regardless of age. He also said that it is hard to maintain self-control and patience.

“Actually, ‘yung dito sa post ko, wala naman akong masamang ibig sabihin dito.
“Ang pino-point ko lang dito is ‘yung sinabi ko dito na ‘lesson learned, kahit na maputi na ang buhok o ubanin na tayo eh matuto tayong rumispeto sa ating kapulisan at mahirap talagang kalaban ang pagtitimpi at pagpapasensya.”

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According to Buraga, he realized that the older Gregorio’s disrespect triggered Police Senior Master Sgt. Jonel Nuezca to shoot her and her son, Frank Anthony.

“Dun ko nakita. ‘Di sana mati-trigger ‘yung pulis kung hindi dahil sa kawalang respeto ng matanda,” he said.

Buraga also said that he accepts the consequence of his action.

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Police Captain Ariel Buraga was the former chief of police of Bato, Catanduanes, until the municipality mayor requested his dismissal from the post. He was bashed by netizens for his stand that the Paniqui shooting incident suspect Jonel Nuesca was only triggered by his victims’ disrespect.

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