Davao Norte town declares Satur Ocampo & 17 others 'persona non grata'

Davao Norte town declares Satur Ocampo & 17 others 'persona non grata'

Agusan del Sur has already done it – it has declared the members of the New People’s Army(NPA) as “persona non grata” last month.

Now, it’s the municipality of Talaingod  in Davao del Norte turn to make a public announcement that they are not that welcoming anymore.

Mug shot of Satur Ocampo

Former Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo and 17 others are no longer welcome in Talaingod municipality after local officials declared them "persona non grata" this is related to the incident that happened last year – the alleged trafficking of tribal students.

A resolution was passed unanimously approved by the Talaingod Municipal Council on January 14 cited the November 2018 incident when Ocampo and his companions were arrested for bringing with them 14 minors without travel permits and, in some cases, without the knowledge of the children's parents.

Satur Ocampo's 17 companions who were also declared "persona non grata" are France Castro, Meggie Nolasco, Pastor Edgar Ugal, Rev. Ryan C Magpayo, Pastor Eller A. Ordeza, Rev Jurie Jaime, Jesus Madamo, Maryro Poquita, Maria Conception Ibarra, Jenveive Pabara, Merhay Talledo, Maricel Andagkit, Marcial Rendon, Ariel Ansan, Mariane Aga, Nerfa Awing, and Wingwing Daunsay.

Ocampo and his group  are also  facing child abuse and kidnapping charges filed against them.

Tribal leaders have also accused Ocampo and his colleagues of failure to seek a Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) before entering into the tribe's ancestral domain.

Ocampo made a statement that they were in Talaingod with the minors for a fact-finding mission on the supposed abuses done by the military.
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