Satur Ocampo and others to face kidnapping case anew — PNP

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After posting bail for alleged child abuse, former lawmaker Satur Ocampo and his fellow accused will be facing a new case, the country's top cop said. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 3) — After posting bail for alleged child abuse, former lawmaker Satur Ocampo and his fellow accused will be facing a new case, the country's top cop said. 

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Dir. Gen. Oscar Albayalde said five parents raised complaints to the police and are planning to file a kidnapping case against the accused.

"A kidnapping case was filed against them pero hindi tinanggap ng piskalya pero hindi dinismiss [the fiscal did not accept it but they did not dismiss it]… so I just talked with the Regional Director this morning and they will be refiling the case because there are five parents who signed their affidavits and are planning to file a case of kidnapping laban dito kina [against] Satur Ocampo," Albayalde told the press on Monday. 

Ocampo and 17 of his colleagues posted bail on Saturday after they were seized for alleged kidnapping and for their failure to return 14 minors from the Salugpungan school for Lumad children in Talaingod, Davao del Norte on November 29. 

Bayan Muna Party-list Representative Carlos "Kaloi" Zarate said they posted bail amounting to ₱1.44 million —  ₱80,000 per respondent — for alleged child abuse or the violation of the Anti-Child Abuse Law. They have ten days to respond to the charges, Zarate added. 

Ocampo said he and his party were merely "rescuing" students from the school, which Zarate said was reportedly "padlocked" by the military. He denied any kidnapping or abuse occurred in the incident. 

"Walang kidnapping, walang trafficking at walang abuse na nangyari [No kidnapping, trafficking or abuse happened]. That was a response to a humanitarian crisis," Zarate said.

Ocampo said he and his colleagues were illegally detained Friday without a warrant, until the police supposedly fabricated one the next day. He said the police argued that they were serving an arrest warrant for his involvement in the Palayan City murder case, which was dismissed in August.

"Kaya kami hinarang, dahil may arrest warrant ako sa Palayan City murder case. Di ba nila alam na na-drop na 'yung case na yun?" Ocampo told the media Sunday. 

[Translation: We were barred from leaving because I have an arrest warrant from the Playan City murder case. Didn't they know that case was already dropped?]

However, Albayalde denied these claims, saying the police cannot come up with charges without a complainant. 

"What is important here is we based our charges based on the complaint of the parents and the relatives. Hindi nanggagaling sa amin 'yan. Hindi kami gumagawa basta-basta ng charges. Hindi tatanggapin ng korte 'yan " Albayalde said. 

[Translation: What is important here is we based our charges based on the complaint of the parents and the relatives. Those do not come from us. We do not just fabricate charges. The court will not accept that.]  

 

'Exploitation'

Albayalde also shed light on the school in question. He said the Lumad school was reportedly "exploiting" indigenous peoples by teaching their students how to conduct rallies and to recite a different national anthem. 

"We're not telling that school is illegitimate but what they are saying is what they teach in that school dahil sabi nila na pati yung pambansang awit na pinapakanta nila ay iba…Tinuturo nila kung papaano magrally at tinuturo nila kung anu-ano para doon sa kilusan," he said. 

[Translation: We're not telling that that school is illegitimate but what they are saying is what they teach in that school because they said even the national anthem they are required to sing is different..they are teaching them how to conduct rallies among others things to use in their movements.]

This comes after ACT Teachers party-list Rep. France Castro challenged the police chief to visit the schools and observe the lessons being taught to the students. 

"Albayalde, hinahamon kita, sasamahan kita sa isang Lumad school at makikita mo kung gaano kagagaling ang mga estudyante sa mga Lumad school," She said Sunday. 

[Translation: Albayalde I am challenging you. I will come with you to a lunar school and you will see how intelligent the students are in the Lumad school.] 

However, Albayalde merely brushed off the idea, saying the schools may have already revised their lessons once he visits them.