Nocppo wel­comes raps vs 3 Sa­gay cops

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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

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