PNP ready kid­nap­ping raps vs mil­i­tant group

Sun Star Bacolod - - Top Stories - BY GLAZYL Y. MASCULINO

THE Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) is pre­par­ing the fil­ing of kid­nap­ping charges against the mil­i­tant group that took cus­tody of the 14-year-old male wit­ness who sur­vived the grue­some mur­der of nine farm­ers in Sa­gay City, Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal.

Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Rodolfo Castil Jr., di­rec­tor of Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal Po­lice Pro­vin­cial Of­fice (Nocppo), said yes­ter­day they are seek­ing the ad­vice of their le­gal of­fi­cer about the fil­ing of the case but all the needed doc­u­ments are now be­ing pre­pared by the Sa­gay City Po­lice Sta­tion.

This came af­ter the fa­ther of the mi­nor-wit­ness re­vealed to the mem­bers of the me­dia on Oc­to­ber 27 that Kara­p­atan-ne­gros “forcibly” took the cus­tody of his son by us­ing his es­tranged wife.

He also al­leged that his es­tranged wife and son are al­legedly be­ing kept in an undis­closed place in the prov­ince against his will and he is pre­vented to com­mu­ni­cate with them.

The fa­ther, whose name was with­held by au­thor­i­ties, wanted to have the cus­tody of his son, who was ini­tially placed in the Sa­gay City Po­lice Sta­tion for se­cu­rity rea­sons, but was turned over to the City So­cial Wel­fare and De­vel­op­ment (CSWD) since he needed to un­dergo a se­ries of de­brief­ing to cope with the trau­matic in­ci­dent on the killings of nine farm­ers in Bu­lanon vil­lage on Oc­to­ber 20.

On Oc­to­ber 25, the mi­nor was turned over by the CSWD to his mother through the as­sis­tance of the Na­tional Union of Peo­ples’ Lawyers (NUPL) af­ter the Na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Sugar Work­ers (NFSW) claimed the child was “il­le­gally ar­rested,” an al­le­ga­tion that was ear­lier de­nounced by Nocppo.

The ac­tion of the group made the po­lice ques­tioned their real mo­tive.

“In­stead of join­ing the po­lice in pur­su­ing the vic­tims, they ham­per our in­ves­ti­ga­tion by tak­ing away our wit­nesses and dis­cour­ag­ing other fam­ily mem­bers from co­op­er­at­ing in the fil­ing of the case,” said Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent John Bu­lala­cao, re­gional di­rec­tor of Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice (Pro)-western Visayas.

Mean­while, Castil said they rec­om­mended with the higher of­fice to pro­vide the fam­i­lies of the nine vic­tims with a lawyer who will fo­cus only on their case.

On Oc­to­ber 26, NFSW or­ga­nizer Rene Man­lan­git and an­other al­leged re­cruiter Ro­ge­lio Arquillo, and seven John Does were charged with mul­ti­ple mur­der for the mas­sacre of the nine farm­ers fol­low­ing the state­ment and tes­ti­monies pro­vided by the eight com­plainant-wit­nesses to the au­thor­i­ties.

The two NFSW mem­bers who al­legedly con­nived with the as­sailants through the re­cruit­ment of the vic­tims re­main at large.

Castil said the eight wit­nesses are safe but they will still try to place them un­der the Wit­ness Pro­tec­tion Pro­gram (WPP) to en­sure their safety.*

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