Davao City Police chief slapped with VAWC suit

The estranged wife of Davao City Police Office (DCPO) Director Sr. Supt. Vicente Danao has filed complaints for a case of domestic violence before the Department of Justice (DoJ) on Wednesday, October 29.

The filing of the complaints by Susie Danao was facilitated by her lawyers and Gabriela Partylist Representative Luzviminda Ilagan. In her complaint for violation against women and children, Susie detailed the alleged physical and verbal abuse she suffered from the police official from 2002 to 2013.

Ilagan, who already threw her full support to Susie since the wife-hitting video went viral on social media, said in a statement that domestic violence should never be reduced to a private spat or misunderstanding between partners.

Ilagan and Susie have been communicating through overseas calls and emails. Before the filing of the complaints on Wednesday, Susie has been based in the United States.

Wen asked for his reaction during the AFP–PNP press conference on Wednesday morning at Royal Mandaya Hotel, Director Danao refused to elaborate on the complaint.

“No comment. That is her right to file a case,” Danao told reporters.

Danao is still facing an administrative complaint for grave physical injuries also filed by Susie with the Regional Internal Affairs Service (RIAS). Danao has re-assumed his post as city director of the DCPO on October 1 after being relieved for about three weeks following the investigation on the video.

He was cleared by the Police Regional Office (PRO) XI on reason that the video did not affect his performance as the chief of police.

According to Ilagan, the complaint underscores the need to bring the issue of violence against women to a public realm.

“It is not just a domestic issue or an administrative issue. Violence is a crime,” Ilagan said. (PNA)

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