Lt. Col. Amador Quiocho, the city police chief of Laoag, confirmed that an alleged fistfight erupted shortly after the Sangguniang Panglunsod of Laoag regular session was adjourned on Jan. 29, 2020.
He said that based on the police blotter about the incident, one of the councilors allegedly punched a fellow SP member while the latter was about to board a fellow SP member’s car parked in front of the City Hall. (Their names were withheld by Sentinel as editorial policy).
The victim-councilor sustained a cut near his left eye allegedly caused by the fist blow as shown in the post-fight photo posted in his Facebook account, the ABS-CBN TV patrol North Luzon report said.
The aggrieved parties, he said, have the right to go to court if they want to file a complaint.
He said as a plan, PNP personnel may be deployed from now on to attend every SP session to maintain peace and security thereon.
City councilor Jason Perera said the incident was triggered by an earlier heated argument among their involved colleagues at the SP session hall about the tricycle franchise issue.
Meanwhile, City Mayor Michael Marcos Keon said he would talk to the concerned SP members in an effort to settle their differences and restore camaraderie in the city council. (tri-media report)