Moises Padilla res­i­dents ile charges against TFK head

Chiong: TFK will not cower in the face of ‘in­tim­i­da­tion’

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At least 12 Moises Padilla res­i­dents filed fal­si­fi­ca­tion charges against Task Force Kasanag (TFK) head John Chiong.

Jo­ce­lyn Tablanza and Herna Vin­son filed sep­a­rate crim­i­nal charges against Chiong, along with ad­di­tional charges against three oth­ers be­fore the Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal Pro­vin­cial Prose­cu­tor’s Of­fice last Oc­to­ber 3. Ten oth­ers, namely Eden Flores, Romeo Vin­son, Louie Pres­i­dente, Heide Vi­cente, Lady Sua­log, Ely Esta­cion, Jerry

Lorena, Verly Avila, Felic­ito Pan­dan­duyan, and Ger­ardo Ali­gaan, filed sep­a­rate civil com­plaints be­fore the La Car­lota City Re­gional Trial Court last Fri­day.

The com­plainants claimed Chiong used their names with­out per­mis­sion and fal­si­fied their sig­na­tures in a com­plaint filed with the Depart­ment of In­te­rior and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment. They de­mand Chiong pay them P200,000 in moral da­m­ages, P40,000 in le­gal fees, a P5,000 ap­pear­ance fee, and ex­em­plary da­m­ages of P200,000.

In re­sponse, Chiong de­nied the al­le­ga­tions but ad­mit­ted, over the course of TFK’s “pur­suit of ad­vo­cacy against crime and cor­rup­tion,” they may have “stepped on a few toes.”

He called it “a risk they have to take” in or­der to ad­vo­cate rights.

“TFK will not cower in fear in the face of all this in­tim­i­da­tion and ha­rass­ment,” Chiong said.

The group leader added, he will an­swer to the al­le­ga­tions at a proper venue in or­der to clear both his name and the group’s rep­u­ta­tion.

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