By Rhealyn C. Pojas


A Filipino mechanical worker sought the assistance of the police to report his employer, who is a governor in one of the states in Palau, for alleged physical assault.

Records from the police identified the suspect as Ngiwal Governor Ellender Ngirameketii. Authorities do not want to divulge the name of the complainant for protection.

In an interview with Special Assistant to the Minister of Justice (MOJ) Keiden Kintol on Wednesday, he said that the case investigation has already been forwarded to the Melekeok Police Substation.

The complaint against the governor followed after the Filipino worker fled out of fear after a heated exchange of words between him and his employer ensued that resulted into the incident last February 23.

According to Kintol, their records showed that the Filipino worker was fixing the car of his employer during the incident when he unintentionally locked the car and left the key inside.

The car automatically locked up after the mechanical worker put its batteries together, Kintol said.

The complainant then asked his employer if he had a spare key so that he can open the car and upon learning about the incident, the employer got mad. The two eventually had a few exchange of words that soon led into the alleged physical assault.

The complainant reportedly fled from the scene for fear and was then assisted by a Palauan from Ngiwal who accompanied him to report the incident to the police.

According to Kintol, the Filipino is now in a safe place and is under the custody of a non-government organization.

Kintol said that the police are still conducting further investigation on the case.