Clash between homeowners association officials in Caloocan turns violent

 

A confrontation between former and incumbent officers of a homeowners association in Caloocan City turned violent when one group brought out weapons and injured an elderly man.

According to Mai Bermudez’ report on “24 Oras Weekend” Sunday, Edwin Malibiran, the former president of the homeowners association of Phase 3 BF Homes Deparo in Barangay 168, was caught on video being aggressive toward incumbent officers.

“Nag-dirty finger sa amin. Tapos nagkaroon ng paliwanagan at kaunting argumento. Kinukuwestiyon niya ‘yung pagiging president ko,” the current president said.

The confrontation started over a security staffer who was removed by the Board of Directors after it received complaints.

Malibiran reinstated the individual without consulting the Board, the current president said.

In another video that has now gone viral, Malibiran returned to the scene with several other men. One had an itak, while another had a gun.

“Pagbaba pa lang niya ng sasakyan, armado na silang lahat. May itak, may baril. ‘Yung isang mamang matanda na senior, ‘yun ‘yung binugbog nila. So lumapit ako as president, aawatin ko sila. Do’n na kami tinutukan isa-isa ni Mr. Antonio Borbon. Tinutukan kami sa ulo,” the incumbent president said.

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An elderly male resident was injured in the left hand.

“Pagang paga siya. Nangingitim siya hanggang ngayon dahil nagpari ako ng bolo na inunday sa akin,” the victim said.

Meanwhile, the video showed the man with the gun pointing it at some of the people, including the secretary of the Board of Directors, who was recording the incident.

“Mga unarmed kami. ‘Yung baril nilalapit na sa mukha ko. Buti na lang nasagi ko ‘yung kamay at pumutok. Tapos after that, sinubukan kong agawin ‘yung baril, niyakap ko na siya, pumutok ulit,” the secretary said.

Malibiran and his group left after people from the neighborhood began screaming.

Police have launched an operation to search for the group.

The victims have filed a complaint against Malibiran and his group with the Philippine National Police.

“Iikot every now and then ‘yung aming mga tauhan para mamonitor ‘yung peace and order ng subdivision, and at the same time siyempre kung visible do’n ‘yung tao,” a barangay official said. — Julia Mari Ornedo/BM, GMA News