Pangandamans file countersuit over golf brawl

Posted at 01/05/09 1:23 PM

Two sons of Agrarian Reform Secretary Nasser Pangandaman Sr. on Monday filed a countersuit against golfer Delfin dela Paz and his family in connection with the Valley Golf and Country Club mauling incident last December 26.

Teodoro Pastrana, lawyer of Hussein and Nasser Pangandaman Jr., the mayor of Masiu, Lanao del Sur, said the Pangandamans filed charges of physical injuries, grave and light threats, coercion and child abuse against dela Paz, his 14-year-old son Bino, daughter Bambee and a fourth companion.

The Pangandamans also filed child abuse charges against the dela Paz family for traumatizing Hussein's eight-year-old son Angelo who witnessed the fight.

Three caddies -- identified as Renato Legaspi, Ferdie dela Torre, Santos Esprera -- said they saw the older dela Paz poke Pangandaman Jr. with an umbrella, which started the fight.

The Pangandamans' countersuit was filed hours after the dela Pazes sued the Cabinet secretary's two sons and their bodyguards for mauling them last December 26. Pastrana, however, said there were no bodyguards involved in the brawl.

Raymond Fortun, lawyer of the dela Paz family, earlier said the family would have been open to settle the case out of court to avoid a lengthy court case.

"We already exerted efforts but the Pangandamans have not communicated to them," he told reporters. He added that the dela Paz family is not seeking compensation from the Pangandamans.

He said the dela Paz family felt that the Cabinet secretary was insincere in his apology to them especially after he started defending his two sons' involvement in the incident.

Pastrana, meanwhie, said he will consult the Pangandamans about the offer to settle the case out of court. He added, however, that the dela Paz family should stop maligning the Cabinet secretary's family in media interviews.

Earlier reports said Dela Paz and his son were already on hole No. 6 of the Valley Golf and Country Club in Antipolo City, when the younger Pangandaman tried to overtake them.

Dela Paz said he got mad and tried to complain when he was suddenly mauled by the mayor and his bodyguards. He added that his son tried to pacify the mayor but he too was mauled by the group.

After the beating, dela Paz said he went to the country club's front desk to complain but he was chased and mauled again by the mayor and his bodyguards.

While being mauled, dela Paz said he saw the younger Pangandaman pull out a gun, which alarmed other people at the golf club.