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Philippine mayor investigated over attack on golfers: official

Philippine mayor investigated over attack on golfers: official

A well-connected Philippines politician is under investigation for an incident in which he, his brother and their armed bodyguards allegedly beat up two golfers, officials said yesterday.
Nasser Pangandaman Junior, a town mayor and the son of cabinet member Nasser Pangandaman, may also face a police probe for the incident in which the men allegedly beat up a father and son on a golf course.
In a television broadcast yesterday Agrarian Reform Secretary Nasser Pangandaman Senior apologized for and acknowledged his sons' role in the incident, which allegedly took place Friday at the Valley Golf and Country Club, near Antipolo City, east of Manila.
President Gloria Arroyo has ordered the justice department to investigate the incident, her spokesman Jesus Dureza said in a statement.
Businessman Delfin de la Paz and his 14-year-old son have filed a police complaint against Nasser Pangandaman Junior, who is mayor of a southern Philippines town, his brother Hussein Pangandaman and an unspecified number of bodyguards.
De la Paz's 18-year-old daughter, Bambina de la Paz, who was also playing, said the row started after a supposed breach of etiquette on the third hole when the Pangandamans passed them on golf carts to tee off on the fourth hole.
She claimed the brothers punched and kicked her father and brother and that the bodyguards pulled guns on them to prevent other people breaking up the fight.
They were attacked again when the De la Pazes went to the clubhouse to file a complaint, she added.
"This is a golf course. I have been a golfer all my life, and I have never seen anything like this. NOTHING. This is hard to comprehend. And it happened to my own father and my own brother too. Right in front of my eyes," the girl wrote in her blog, which has been widely circulated by email.


Updated : 2020-12-06 07:00 GMT+08:00