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Pulong sues Australian
THURSDAY, 29 AUGUST 2013 11:41
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BY EJ DOMINIC FERNANDEZ AND BY EMILORD P. CASTROMAYOR

AN Australian treasure hunter may have found the wrong guy to throw his rage and the wrong road to demonstrate his driving skills.

At least, that’s the version of the story from Vice Mayor Paolo Z. Duterte and a police officer who both filed direct assault and frustrated murder charges against the Australian national after a morning road rage incident.

The treasure hunter identified as Michael Hatcher, 73, was escorted by police at the office of Prosecutor Gaye Cañete Magdagasang, for the inquest proceedings. He was booked earlier at the Talomo Police Station after the traffic altercation around 10:35 am along McArthur Highway, south of Davao City for alleged reckless driving and for direct assault.

Hatcher, at 5-foot-10 and barrel-chested, walked into the prosecutor’s office remorseful and subdued, a stark difference from the hulking attacker he was described in the affidavit complaint of Vice Mayor Duterte. Hatcher said he is also planning to file illegal detention and abuse of power charges against the vice mayor, otherwise, he would like to have an amicable settlement. 

In his affidavit, Duterte said the Australian trader, who was on a Honda Wagon, blocked his Nissan Navarra while crossing Tahimik Avenue in Bangkal on his way to work. 

“I thought it was an ambush,” Duterte said, adding that when he went out of his car to talk to the Australian, the Australian went berserk.

The police officer escorting Duterte, SPO3 Roey Alquizar Ociones, tried to contain the situation, but the Australian suddenly revved up his engine and almost ran over the vice mayor and the police officer.

Ociones said in his affidavit that “upon reaching the intersection of MacArthur Highway and Balusong Drive in Bangkal, I noticed that the first car where the vice mayor was riding turned left. However, it came to a sudden halt because a black Honda Wagon swerved to my car’s left side blocking my car as he wanted to force his way and go ahead of the convoy of the vice mayor.”

“As a police officer, I went out of the vehicle sensing that there was trouble and proceeded in front to block the black vehicle. I immediately declared my authority by introducing myself as a police officer and ordered him to turn off the engine and step down. However, the driver did not turn off the engine, rolled down his window (driver’s side) and shouted, “Step aside! Or I will kill you! Step out!” 

Ociones said that while he was in front of the black car, he noticed the vice mayor disembarked from his vehicle and proceeded to the side of the black vehicle. He said Duterte knocked on the window of the passenger side of the black vehicle, introduced himself as the vice mayor and instructed the driver to roll down his car window but to no avail.

Ociones said he can hear the driver of the black vehicle repeatedly saying, “I don’t care! Step aside! I will run you over! I will kill you!” Ociones said he instinctively stepped backward and then heard Hatcher step on his engine, accelerated his gas and drove off.

“I hurriedly jumped to the side to avoid being hit and ran over,” said Ociones.

The vice mayor also said they jumped to the side to avoid being hit. “Nangambak mi,” Duterte told Edge Davao.

Duterte and his escorts pursued the Australian, and when they were able to catch up, the Australian reportedly went down and tried to beat up the vice mayor.

“The Australian was shouting ‘this is only the Philippines, I am an Australian,’ and I dont give a damn who he is, this is the Philippines, this is my country,” Duterte said.

Hatcher, however, had an entirely different story.

Hatcher said he did nothing wrong to the vice-mayor and defended himself that he did not stop the car for fear that he might be abducted. 

“I did not stop because I thought they were abductors, “ Hatcher reiterated. He said he was abducted this year at Cagayan de Oro, and that his friend was killed during that incident.

Hatcher and his Filipina fiancé drove their vehicle supposedly headed for General Santos City for a business meeting but the motorcycle convoy of the vice mayor’s vehicle chased him and eventually caught up with him. 

Hatcher said Duterte went to his vehicle, uttered harsh words and pointed fingers in front of his face. The police escorts then came and sent him to jail. 

According to Hatcher, he was not overspeeding because there were many public utility vehicles in the road. “If I did something wrong that might piss off to him, then sorry, “ he said. 

“I’m not a bad guy, I do humanitarian services and in fact I donated clothes to flood victims in Typhoon Pablo,” Hatcher pleaded before local media.

The vice mayor reiterated that the case was not for selfish reasons, but for all the Dabawenyos being abused by foreigners.

“This is a message to all Dabawenyos, if you are being abused by a foreigner and you want to file charges, look for my lawyer, Alexis Lumbatan, for free services” Duterte said. “I am just practicing my rights, because had I punched him, I would be facing international human rights charges.”

Hatcher meantime told members of the media, “I’ve never seen such abuse, he (Duterte) cannot control his temper and his evilness, it’s disgusting and it’s not good to the Philippines.”

Lumbatan, Duterte’s lawyer, said Hatcher has the right to answer all the allegations, and a time frame of 15 days to file his counter affidavit.

“I have talked to bystanders where the incident happened and found out that the Australian was abusive, especially in traffic issues,” Lumbatan said.

Hatcher reportedly owns Solar Resource trading company and is especially known for his recovery of large quantities of Chinese porcelain from the VOC ship Geldermalsen (known as the “Nanking cargo”) which was sold at auction by Christie’s in Amsterdam in 1986. In 1999 he discovered the Tek Sing shipwreck and retrieved 360,000 pieces of porcelain.

he,s not even austrailian he,s british according to google a marine explorer 

 

he must be worth a few bob coz he,s recovered 360,000 pieces of porcelin from a ship wreck

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Well that makes sense.  They must have taken that from the US Secret Service procedure book:   Let's see if I remember correctly.....   In the event of a possible kidnapping/assassination event, t

Hum the VM has 20 guards for protection. A vehicle pulls in front which he thinks is some sort of trap and he gets out of the car and walks up to the car blocking his convey and taps on the window. I

Well some of it is from reporters, and some of it is direct quotes from the Aussie and also from the VM - so I'm not quite sure what " VERY second hand info is "   YOu find it strange that he just d

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Michael Hatcher

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 

 

Michael "Mike" Hatcher (born 1940) is a British explorer and marine salvor.

He has specialised in work in the South China Sea. In 1981 he was involved in investigating the wreck of Dutch submarine K XVII.

He is especially known for his recovery of large quantities of Chinese porcelain from the VOC ship Geldermalsen (known as the "Nanking cargo") which was sold at auction by Christie's in Amsterdam in 1986.[1]

In 1999 he discovered the Tek Sing shipwreck and retrieved 360,000 pieces of porcelain.

 

So he shouted this, even though he is actually a Brit?  “The Australian was shouting ‘this is only the Philippines, I am an Australian,’ and I dont give a damn who he is, this is the Philippines, this is my country,”   

 

 

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Davaoeno

It would be simple. The whole of the expat community to network and file a partition, and contact their embassies. The contact all news media and do an internet campaign to expose the injustice.

 

Odds are, there will be no network formed, no one will want to put their name on a partition, even if they were to actually call their embassies there would be nothing done, most of the news medias will never be contacted to even be ably to do a followup report, and this thread will be the only thing on the internet; and even here the pacifist will merely taint, insult, badger and argue with anyone willing to take action.

 

So in the end this thread will either be just end or be locked, the Aussie is still screwed, and everyone there in Davao better just keep kissing the Vice Mayors ass like good little puppies...

 

 

James- I am thinking of sending you and your wife plane tickets so you can come to Davao and show us how to straighten these government  people out !!

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I am an Australian,’ and I dont give a damn who he is, this is the Philippines, this is my country,”   

 

Does he even know who he is?  born a Brit, moved to Oz, moved again to Phils?  Who knows?  I know what he is.  He's toast.

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It would be simple. The whole of the expat community to network and file a partition, and contact their embassies. The contact all news media and do an internet campaign to expose the injustice.

 

Odds are, there will be no network formed, no one will want to put their name on a partition, even if they were to actually call their embassies there would be nothing done, most of the news medias will never be contacted to even be ably to do a followup report, and this thread will be the only thing on the internet; and even here the pacifist will merely taint, insult, badger and argue with anyone willing to take action.

 

So in the end this thread will either be just end or be locked, the Aussie is still screwed, and everyone there in Davao better just keep kissing the Vice Mayors ass like good little puppies...

 

Good idea James but like you say no network will be formed unfortunately, but it might be a good time for the Aussie govt to convey their disgust at the attitude of official upstarts like this twerp and have Oz aid moneys redirected elsewhere. I for one am tired of the arrogant attitude of a few Filipino officials. Albeit a small number they do their country a gross disservice and discredit the good work done by the majority. Besides what sort of 'man' is this young bloke who with 20 guards at his side, is offended by some 73 year old geezer, even if the silly old bastard did go off his nut! What a fecking hero! 

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So he shouted this, even though he is actually a Brit? “The Australian was shouting ‘this is only the Philippines, I am an Australian,’ and I dont give a damn who he is, this is the Philippines, this is my country,”

 

He was born in Britain, but apparently has been based in Australia since at least 1970, so I assume he's probably legally an Australian citizen by now.

 

http://www.blouinartinfo.com/market-news/article/761872-captain-michael-hatcher-a-real-life-indiana-jones-sells-sunken-treasure-at-australian-auction

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Wouldn't this be a great time to have had a video camera and record the whole event?  In fact, as cheap as cameras have become, they should almost be standard equipment for expats to keep in their cars.  I would expect both parties would have behaved differently if they knew they were being recorded.

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Wouldn't this be a great time to have had a video camera and record the whole event?  In fact, as cheap as cameras have become, they should almost be standard equipment for expats to keep in their cars.  I would expect both parties would have behaved differently if they knew they were being recorded.

 

Do you think for one second if the VM and his 20 bodyguards were aware they were being filmed that they would allow this guy to keep that footage? I seriously doubt that!

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The Aussie was kidnapped last year (if I read right) and his friend was killed in that incident. If this VM can't give this guy a break, then he is the biggest ace whole in the Philippines. I hope the Aussie media picks up on this. 

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The Aussie was kidnapped last year (if I read right) and his friend was killed in that incident. If this VM can't give this guy a break, then he is the biggest ace whole in the Philippines. I hope the Aussie media picks up on this. 

 

 

I can find no reference to back up the kidnapping claim.  Do you have one please ?

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thank you very much.  I googled it but didnt see that .

 

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

SOME P100,000 worth of jewelry and cash were carted away by seven armed men who robbed two foreigners and shot dead one of their two Filipino companions Sunday afternoon in Barangay Balubal, Cagayan de Oro City.

Police identified the two foreigners as Michael Hatcher and Nigel Cosans from England and their Filipino companion as Albert Bucayag.

The fatality was identified as Melanio Labarda Jr., whose body was reportedly dumped into a ravine after he was shot.

Senior Police Officer 1 Albert Hermoso of Puerto Police Station 6 said the incident happened around 2 p.m. in Purok 1, Barangay Balubal.

Initial investigation showed that the four victims were onboard a maroon Isuzu Crosswind when they were flagged down by seven armed men.

Police said the suspects took the personal belongings of the two foreigners and brought them to a wooded area. They were reportedly released after a few hours and were given P1,000 by the suspects.

Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo) Director Graciano Mijares said the two foreigners were having a negotiation with the suspects in connection with gold bars.

“Kanang kinaraan gihapon nga paagi sa pangilad sa gold bars. In fact, kadtong gipatay maoy nagkontak sa mga suspects. Murag nahulog to nga gi-double cross kadtong gipatay,” Mijares said.

Police are eyeing robbery with homicide as motive of the incident.

Mijares said they already have an artist sketch of the suspects and is now conducting follow up investigation and pursuit operation against them.

“Naay grupo nga atong gimonitor karon,” he said.

But Mijares declined to give further details on the matter so as not to jeopardize their ongoing police operation.

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The vice mayor reiterated that the case was not for selfish reasons, but for all the Dabawenyos being abused by foreigners.

 

Seems the VM is on a 'mission.'  Who exactly are: "... all the Dabawenyos being abused by foreigners?"  Reading this it seems the VM is spitefully taking it out on the Brit/Aussie for all the perceived(?) cases of abuse.

 

Having lived in Saudi during the times when westerners were being kidnapped and killed I quite understand Michael Hatcher's reaction.  We were all told to use our vehicles as weapons when confronted with a probable kidnapping situation.  In this case, do you really believe the police officer was not threatening?  I've observed the heavy handed way the PNP wade in, especially when they have someone 'important' to impress.  No doubt Michael Hatcher panicked but it appears he is being persecuted because of other crimes (abuse) and loss of face by those at the scene.

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Michael Hatcher

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 
 

Michael "Mike" Hatcher (born 1940) is a British explorer and marine salvor.

He has specialised in work in the South China Sea. In 1981 he was involved in investigating the wreck of Dutch submarine K XVII.

He is especially known for his recovery of large quantities of Chinese porcelain from the VOC ship Geldermalsen (known as the "Nanking cargo") which was sold at auction by Christie's in Amsterdam in 1986.[1]

In 1999 he discovered the Tek Sing shipwreck and retrieved 360,000 pieces of porcelain.

 

So he shouted this, even though he is actually a Brit?  “The Australian was shouting ‘this is only the Philippines, I am an Australian,’ and I dont give a damn who he is, this is the Philippines, this is my country,”   

 

 

Cuts into Duterte's credibility, doesn't it?

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Davaoeno

Cuts into Duterte's credibility, doesn't it?

 

 

Duterte's credibility doesnt even enter into the equation.             [ i miss your point tho - are you saying that someone who found some plates underwater is obviously an honest person? ]

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