Nocppo welcomes raps vs 3 Sagay cops
Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (Nocppo) is ready to answer the charges filed by the minor-witness on the “Sagay 9” incident, through his mother, against the three policemen of Sagay City Police Station for allegedly coercing him to testify on the incident.
Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Castil Jr., director of Nocppo, said yesterday that they’ve been expecting the camp of the minor, through the assistance of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL), to press charges against the policemen.
“Expected naman na din yun. Karapatan din naman nila yun” (It was expected. It’s also their right to do it), he added.
On December 4, the minor, represented by his mother, through the assistance of the NUPL, filed child abuse charges before the Department of Justice (DOJ) against Chief Inspector Robert Mansueto, chief of Sagay City Police Station, and two personnel of Women and Children’s Protection Desk (WCPD) for allegedly violating the handling of a child-witness, by allowing the minor to be interviewed alone, without the consent of his parents or guardians, or the presence of a counsel.
But Mansueto earlier insisted that the minor was not forced when he executed his affidavit to testify on the incident, as he considered the complaint as “fabricated.”
The custody of the minor has been part of the controversy after he was considered by the police, as a primary witness on the massacre of nine farmers at Hacienda Nene in Bulanon village on October 20.
Despite the filing of the case, Castil said they will stick on their investigation about the incident, and will just defend it through their evidence in court.
“Nandyan na yan eh. Tinanggap ng fiscal kaya may basis naman sila siguro (It’s already there. The fiscal approved it because they probably had a basis for the filing of the case),” Castil said.
Another criminal complaint for violation of Republic Act 9262 or the Anti-violence Against Women and Children Act was also filed by the minor’s mother before the DOJ against his estranged husband, Vic Pedaso, for allegedly threatening her to return their son to him.
The minor was first under the custody of Sagay City Police Station for safekeeping and was turned over to Sagay City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) for debriefing after his traumatic experience. But the mother and son took sanctuary in Manila, through the assistance of Karapatannegros and NUPL, after they feared for their safety, following the issue on the custody of the child-witness.
Pedaso earlier filed kidnapping charges against NUPL member and minor’s legal counsel, Katherine Panguban, for allegedly taking his son into their custody.
The kidnapping charges are now with the DOJ in Manila for appropriate disposition./gym