Army colonel sued for slapping subordinate

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    A member of the Philippine Air Force on Tuesday filed charges against an Army colonel, her immediate superior, for allegedly slapping her several times nearly a month ago inside a military camp in Lucena City in Quezon province.

    A police report showed Airwoman Emilina Francia Bernales filed the complaint of “slander by deed” before the Lucena City police station against Col. Ramil Bonilla Anoyo.

    Bernales is assigned to the military’s 2nd Civil Relations Group (2nd CRG) based in Camp Nakar in Lucena City while Anoyo is the commander of the unit.

    The police report said Anoyo “humiliated and treated her (victim) unfairly.”
    Maj. Gen. Ernesto Torres, commander of the AFP Civil Relations Group which has supervision over the 2nd CRG, said his command will investigate the matter.

    “We are going to look into it… We’ll take appropriate action… We are not to going to tolerate it (any wrongdoing) but there is a process. We will look into the details,” Torres said.

    He said the complaint was brought to his attention yesterday. He said initial investigation showed “there are allegations of misbehavior on the part of the complainant, while an allegation of overstepping on the exercise of authority was leveled against the group commander.”

    The police report said Bernales was directed by Anoyo to report to the 2nd CRG office on January 13. Bernales was was confronted by Anoyo for not answering messages on their Viber chat group five days earlier.

    “The suspect then got mad and slapped the victim’s left face three times and twice on her back,” the report said.

    Due to “muscle pain,” police said, Bernales went to the Camp Nakar Station Hospital the following day for a medical checkup “but it was not operational for outpatients due to pandemic protocols,” prompting her to go instead to the Quezon Medical Center the following day.

    “Further, the victim felt that she was so humiliated and decided to file complaint against the suspect,” the police report said.

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