Saturday , June 23, 2018

Authorities say Maute presence in Glan, Sarangani 'not true'

POLICE and hospital officials are denying a newspaper report that 10 wounded Maute group members were brought for treatment in a hospital in Glan, Sarangani last May 29, of which six are still confined.

Police Regional Office-Soccsksargen in a statement posted on its Facebook account Wednesday, May 31, said the online report published by The Manila Times is "not true."

Police Superintendent Romeo Galgo Jr. said the article written by Jerry Adlaw, with the headline “Wounded Maute Men Seek Treatment in Sarangani”, was verified as false by the Sarangani Province Chief Police Inspector Neil Wadingan.

Galgo said the local government of Glan, Sarangani Province is currently taking actions to clarify the source and authenticity presented by Adlaw.

Glan has only one district hospital.

In said article, Adlaw wrote that a hospital attendant in an unknown hospital in Glan told The Manila Times that they treated about ten wounded men.

The article mentioned "a hospital attendant Auring" purportedly telling The Manila Times that "they were advised by the management to be careful about reporting the presence of the wounded men as they might be killed or held hostage by the retreating armed men."

The report also said four of wounded Maute were already taken by the armed men while six others remained in the hospital heavily guarded by their companions.

The Sarangani Information Office, quoting Glan Chief of Hospital Dr. Eden Rose Malanao said, the only unusual incident in the hospital last May 29 was when a group of gays asked hospital authorities to allow them to hold a make-up demonstration.

When asked for identification, however, the group left. Malanao said they were alerted of the gays in an Innova van when they stopped by Malapatan and inquired where the nearest hospital is. Malapatan is the town before Glan when coming from General Santos City.

“So I immediately alerted the hospital’s watchmen and gates to be closed,” Malanao recounted, “and yes a vehicle arrived 15 minutes after but not Starex but Innova.”

The Innova passengers only wanted to hold a make-up demonstration. When the group left after being asked for identification documents, the hospital alerted the police.

In the spot report by Senior Police Officer 1 Alexander Jugapar, it said, the group of four gays and a male driver reportedly from Davao, aboard a black Innova with plate number YDY 756 were flagged down a kilometer away from the hospital in barangay Ilaya for check-up.

“Only cosmetics” were seen inside the vehicle according to Jugarap, which the group was supposed to offer as promo to the hospital’s nurses.

The gays were then made to go.

The newspaper article claiming ten wounded Maute men were in the Glan hospital claimed the wounded were brought in a Starex van.

Galgo reminded the media about the importance of delivering verified facts as it affects the current status of security in areas.

He added that PRO-Soccsksargen is strengthening its security measures for the possible aftermath of the conflict in Marawi City.

"We have no cause to panic nor be afraid as PRO 12, together with our counterparts, are doing everything we can to maintain the peace and order within the region," he said.