Pres. Duterte defends police and military over arrest of Ocampo et. al.

Pres. Duterte defends police and military over arrest of Ocampo et. al.

“I will defend my soldiers and my policemen for sure because I think that they are right,” was the pronouncement of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on the current situation involving former Bayan Muna representative Satur Ocampo and his other companions when they were arrested in Davao del Norte for alleged kidnapping and human trafficking.
The President made a categorical statement saying that Duterte said Ocampo’s Bayan Muna as well as Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) and Gabriela are fronts of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (photo credit to owner)

“Bakit pa tayo magbobolahan? (Why we should fool each other?) Satur Ocampo is fronting Bayan. Bayan is a front of the CPP. We know that KMU, Gabriela, they’re all communist fronts or being used by the communists. Alam ninyo lahat yan. (All of you know that),” the President told the media.
“I support the police and the military. You know an ordinary person, lalo na kung senador ka (especially if you are a senator), you must be aware that you cannot remove children from one community to another without the consent of the parents,” Duterte said
Duterte explains that what Ocampo and 17 others have done “is actually kidnapping” since the parents of the minors complained that their children were brought by Ocampo’s group without their consent.
“Eh nagreklamo ‘yung mga victims (The victims complained). You heard they were lectured upon by the Lumads. And it’s like controlling the lives of the natives,” Duterte said.
“Iyan ang mahirap sa komunista, ginagamit nila ang Lumad. Kaya ang karamihan ngayon ang namamatay Lumad (That’s the problem with the communists, they are using Lumads. That’s why many of those killed were Lumads),” PRRD added.
He said the government must double their efforts to get back at the alumads and tell them that the New People’s Army (NPA) will destroy them.
“When they (the communists) started to go to the mountains and wage a war there, they recruited ang pinaka vulnerable (the most vulnerable), the Lumads,” President Duterte said.
 Satur Ocampo and 17 others, including ACT Teachers party-list Rep. France Castro,were arrested by the military and policemen at a checkpoint in Talaingod in Davao del Norte on Nov. 26 for transporting students of Lumad school Salungpungan Learning Center without permission from their parents.
Ocampo and his group were temporarily released after posting bail.

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