Satur Ocampo

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - NEWS FEATURES -

For go­ing to the far-flung vil­lage of Talain­god, Davao del Norte, at night to re­spond to the calls for help of teach­ers and their pupils whose school was shut down by the para­mil­i­tary group Ala­mara, Satur Ocampo, a for­mer Bayan Muna party-list rep­re­sen­ta­tive, and 17 other lead­ers of pro­gres­sive groups were in the news this week af­ter they were ar­rested for kid­nap­ping and child traf­fick­ing charges. Ocampo and the rest were tem­po­rar­ily freed on bail but mil­i­tary of­fi­cers pre­sented some “lumad” lead­ers in Camp Aguinaldo this week to call for the clo­sure of the lumad school, say­ing it was run by the New Peo­ple’s Army. They also ac­cused Ocampo of in­trud­ing into their school, a vi­o­la­tion of the Indige­nous Peo­ples’ Rights Act of 1997. “It’s ridicu­lous,” Ocampo told the Inquirer. “It’s the first time I was in the area and I haven’t even met the stu­dents.”

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