Former Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo denies recruiting minors to join communist rebels as his group was intercepted in Davao. He, however, admits the presence of the NPA in the area. He also agrees that there are Lumads who joined the New People’s Army. The mainstream media seem to highlight the incident. It could just be a basic security protocol. Impartial reactions can definitely lead to the wrong conclusion. Looking back to Bongbong Marcos’ interview on Ocampo, he is not vindictive knowing that the latter’s advocacy is to try to help ease poverty in the country. Marcos said that despite their difference in ideology, he is for working together for the good of the country.
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[VIDEO]: Bong Bong Marcos talks about Satur Ocampo
Helping Students in Poverty?
Ocampo also said he is no longer part of the CPP-NPA. He maintains that his actions are independent. Ocampo and 17 other leaders of militant groups and volunteer “Lumad” or indigenous teachers were put in a temporary prison cell. Human trafficking of students, kidnapping and child abuse are their alleged offenses. It was in a village of Talaingod town in Davao Del Norte. Ocampo’s group insists that they were on an emergency rescue with consent from the parents.
National Security Protocol
Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar Albayalde, meanwhile, welcomes the group’s threat to sue the authorities if there are mishandlings over the case. Ocampo has no knowledge of Albayalde’s claim that the Lumad students in Davao Del Norte practice a different national anthem taught by the rebels.
Out on Bail
Tagum City Executive Judge Arlene Palabrica ordered the release after their lawyers posted a total bail of P1,452,600. Davao del Norte police “initially wanted to defy the order.” The police argued that the P80,000 bail was for the child abuse charges only. It does not include the kidnapping and human trafficking charges. They are still under investigation.
Palabrica said prior to the release of the supplemental order, police officer and lawyer Louie Padillo manifested in court that they would not release the respondents even after posting bail. This is due to their preliminary investigation for kidnapping and human trafficking charges. She said she has to issue the order in view of “the unexpected manifestation of PO Lawyer Padillo. It prompted an angry reaction from Congressman Carlos Zarate and the other respondents who are expecting to be released.”
Take it from Bongbong Marcos
Politicizing issues with the help of the mainstream media might come very handy for politicians seeking positions for the election 2019. Bongbong Marcos’ ideals linger as he speaks fairly about Filipino politicians with an ideology opposite his. He sees no reason why he must contain his anti-poverty measures among his supporters only. Leaders from all factions must work together to alleviate poverty nationwide.