The Police Regional Office (PRO) in Davao Region on Wednesday rejected demands of the New People’s Army to withdraw the charges filed against militant groups involved in the safekeeping of lumads at UCCP Haran in exchange for the release of four tribal leaders kidnapped recently by the rebels.
In fact, PRO Davao is looking into filing additional kidnapping charges against the rebels.
“Hindi na namin iwi-withdraw yung case laban sa kanila kasi nasa korte na yung kaso. Actually fi-filan din natin sila (rebels) ng charges for kidnapping the four tribal leaders,” Senior Superintendent Aaron Aquino, PRO Davao deputy regional director for operations, told reporters during the AFP-PNP press forum at The Royal Mandaya Hotel Wednesday.
The four abducted tribal leaders were identified as Datu Danilo Angcomog, Datu Laris Landakay, Datu Jovanie Angcomog and Datu Kalumpot Dalon, all of them are tribal chieftains of Sitio Bulo, Barangay Dagohoy in Talaingod, Davao del Norte.
They were abducted last August 1 in Talaingod, Davao del Norte.
“May mga emergency meeting na magaganap between the inter-agencies,” Aquino said.
Aquino said the charges filed by the police against the militant groups are serious illegal detention, physical injuries following the incident at UCCP Haran in Davao City where the lumads were allegedly barred from going home to their communities that resulted to a commotion that hurt two cops and 10 lumads.
But Aquino also confirmed that the militant groups are also facing charges for violation of the Republic Act 7610, or the “The Special Protection For a Child Against Abuse, Exploitation, and Discrimination Act” after a 14 year-old girl was reportedly sick inside the Haran but was not allowed to leave.
Davao City Police Office (DCPO) spokesperson Senior Inspector Milgrace Driz said that the DCPO has no intention of withdrawing the case since most of the charges are now in court proceedings.
“We will not do that,” Aquino said referring to the demands of the abductors of the four tribal leaders.
Military operations are ongoing to rescue the four tribal leaders.
Colonel Eduardo B. Gubat, former spokesperson for the Eastern Mindanao Command, also denied at the same forum the allegations that the four missing tribal leaders were under military’s custody. (KRP)
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4 tribal leaders snatched in Davao del Norte
DAVAO CITY — Four tribal leaders from Barangay Dagohoy, Talaingod, Davao del Norte were abducted by alleged members of the New People’s Army (NPA) last August 1, the Philippine Army said Saturday.
In a statement, Col. Eduardo Gubat, spokesperson of the Eastern Mindanao Command, said members of the Southern Mindanao Regional Committee of the NPA abducted Datu Danilo Angcomog, Datu Laris Landakay, Datu Jovanie Angcomog, and Datu Kalumpot Dalon.
The victims reporetedly went to the said barangay to settle a “maghat” or tribal case regarding a certain “Sapunan Baylohanon Case”.
Gubat said the tribal leaders were also witnesses in a human trafficking incident involving legal front organizations of the Communist Party of the Philippines- New People’s Army- National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF), which resulted in the death of Datu Lito “Lolong” Lundia inside the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) Haran compound in Davao City.
The victims were residents of San Fernando, Bukidnon.
Barangay Chairman Jose Baon and sitio leader Nanding Dungutan Angcomog already reported the incident to the municipal police station. Soldiers from the 68th Infantry Battalion are currently providing assistance to local officials.
The villagers condemned the kidnapping, saying they are already fed up with the abuses and harassment of the NPA in their area.
“Obviously, this is obstruction of justice. The lives of our witnesses are in danger as NPA kidnappers want to twist the facts to their favor,” a tribal leader said.
The Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative (IPMR) and tribal chieftains of the said town held an emergency meeting for the safe release of the victims.
Lt. Col. Vicente Edgardo De Ocampo, commander of the 68th Infantry Battalion, said they will help local officials find the victims as well as in the filing of criminal charges against the kidnappers.