Cops sum­moned on youth red tag­ging

Sun.Star Baguio - - Front Page - Maria Elena Cata­jan

COUN­CILOR Faustino Olowan is call­ing the Baguio City Po­lice Of­fice over al­le­ga­tions of youth lead­ers on ha­rass­ment and red tag­ging.

Olowan, who acted on a com­plaint filed in the City Coun­cil dur­ing the cit­i­zens fo­rum this week backed al­le­ga­tions by stu­dent lead­ers Mar­ben Palasigui, Charis­tian Dave Ruz and Deana Louise Mon­tene­gro who aired con­cerns on their safety and po­lice ha­rass­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to the trio, the BCPO has pro­filed and ques­tioned them on ac­tiv­i­ties con­ducted which in­volved free­dom of speech and ex­pres­sion tag­ging them as ter­ror­ists and mak­ing

pub­lic these al­le­ga­tions on the po­lice so­cial me­dia page which has en­dan­gered their lives as well as af­fected their rep­u­ta­tion.

Olowan said sum­mon­ing the BCPO will shed light into the mat­ter and as­sured the in­vi­ta­tion sched­uled on the 26th of this month will re­mind the po­lice not to ha­rass peo­ple who ex­press their opin­ion.

The coun­cilor also said the city is con­sid­ered a peace zone and should be kept that way de­spite the dif­fer­ences in opin­ions cit­i­zens and stu­dents have.

Youth lead­ers have since filed nine com­plaints on Oc­to­ber 22 at the Com­mis­sion on Hu­man Rights (CHR) CAR re­gional of­fice fol­low­ing the ma­li­cious se­ries of so­cial me­dia posts of the Baguio City Po­lice Of­fice this Oc­to­ber (thru BSPO Kasangg­amo ac­count), tag­ging pro­gres­sive youth or­ga­ni­za­tions as "ter­ror­ists" and sup­posed re­cruiters of the AFP's flop nar­ra­tive of the "Red Oc­to­ber Plot."

On Oc­to­ber 11, the Ka­bataan Partylist Na­tional Of­fice led by Rep. Sarah Elago also held a dia­logue with the Com­mis­sion on Hu­man Rights Na­tional Chair­per­son Chito Gas­con re­gard­ing the numer­ous re­ports of red-tag­ging all over the coun­try.

As a re­sult, a di­rec­tive to all re­gional of­fices of CHR to con­duct in­ves­ti­ga­tion is now in place said CHR re­gional direc­tor Atty. Romel Daguimol.

Photo by Jean Ni­cole Cortes

MISHAP. A Bureau of Fire and Pro­tec­tion of­fi­cer in­clud­ing other emer­gency med­i­cal teams res­cues a driver stuck in his truck car­ry­ing ag­gre­gates. The truck lost breaks and plowed to a con­tainer van then pinned a taxi parked below the fly over near BGH Tues­day evening.

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