DavNorte Gov: Reds twisting the truth on Satur Ocampo arrest

DavNorte Gov: Reds twisting the truth on Satur Ocampo arrest

They claim it was a rescue  and they cry police and military harassment.

Davao del Norte Governor Anthony del Rosario made a statement that the leftist groups are maneuvering the truth “to push their own agenda” taking advantage of indigenous people (IPs).

Davao del Norte Anthony del Rosario(photo credit to owner)

Former Bayan Muna representative Satur Ocampo and his companions were charged with violating Republic Act No. 10364 or the Expanded Anti-Trafficking of Persons Act of 2012 after allegedly holding 14 minors without parental consent and permit from the LGU.

In a prepared statement, Governor del Rosario denied Ocampo’s allegation that a paramilitary group forcibly closed the Salugpongan Ta’TanuIgkanogon Community Learning Center, Inc. (STTICLCI) in Dulyan, Palma Gil village, Talaingod, Davao del Norte.

“The so-called ‘right defenders’ exploited the issue to demonize the government and raise funds for their benefit,” del Rosario said.

He explains that both the local government unit and the tribal leaders who pushed for the closure of the Lumad school seeing it as being used as platforms by the leftist groups for their anti-government propaganda and continued armed struggle against the government.

“We cannot allow a few cunning individuals to mar our development momentum in the Lumad municipality,” del Rosario said. 

The governor calls out the leftist groups to stop the exploitation of the Lumads and work closely with government instead.

"The incident revealed how the age-old conflict between the government and those who seek to overthrow it took its toll on our innocent and disadvantaged IP brothers and sisters," he said.

"Time and again, we have proven that genuine pro-poor governance is the key to alleviating the lives of our Indigenous People," he added.

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Report from PNA

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