Police official to militants: Prove it!

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Monday, August 27, 2012


DAVAO City Police Office (DCPO) director Ronald M. dela Rosa dared militant groups on Monday to prove their allegations against the chief of the Talomo Police Station before they stage any protest activity.

Earlier, leaders of Bayan Muna, Karapatan, and Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, among others, accused Talomo Police chief Superintendent Dionisio Abude of ordering the violent dispersal of protesters at the disputed land in Bariquit Compound in Bugac, Ma-a; further claiming that the masked armed men were goons of Abude’s security agency.

In an interview after Monday's Kapehan sa Dabaw in SM, Senior Superintendent dela Rosa said he has nothing against the protesters but that the militants should first show proof before accusing anyone.

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"Prove it. If you could provide concrete evidences then file your complaints before authorities for further investigation. Dili unta magpataka ug pamasangil kung wala man pud moy igo nga ebidensiya (Don’t come up with accusations even when you still do not have any evidence to show for this)," dela Rosa said.

Abude, who said he is willing to be investigated, dared the militant groups to retract their accusations once investigation results prove his innocence.

Abude added that he is not guilty and was never biased in implementing the law, specifically with regards the land dispute in Ma-a.

"I already talked to Abude on this matter, and he made it clear that those security guards at Le Jardin Subdivision are not from their security agency," dela Rosa said, as he also dared the militant groups to issue a public apology once their accusations are proven wrong.

Personnel of the Talomo police arrested on Friday morning four members of various militant groups who reportedly attacked a backhoe operator in Le Jardin Subdivision, Ma-a.

The arrested were identified as Bathala Abubakar Lim, 21; Johnny Urbina Alianza, 23; Werlo Zartega Enero, 19, residents of Jacinto Street; and Joselito Aguilo Lagon, 23, resident of Juna Subdivision.

The victim was identified as Nasser dela Peña Angkad, 35, of Davao City, employee of the Lapeña Construction.

Abude said their personnel along with DCPO's Public Safety Company were securing the area to implement a fencing permit issued by Jaime Adalin, acting city building official, to Le Jardin Subdivision, when the protesters attacked the victim.

Abude said, based on their initial investigation, the four activists threw stones at the victim and mauled him.

"Sa dihang gina-aresto na sila sa atong mga kaubanan? Mipalag sila mao tong na samad sa ilong si PO3 (Police Officer 3) Marcelo Cubeta unya na gisi pa jud iyang uniporme (the suspects resisted arrest the reason PO3 Cubeta was injured)," Abude said.

Meanwhile, the four militants denied the accusations saying, they never harassed the backhoe operator and that they were just documenting the operation on the area.

Upon endorsement of the four militants to the Talomo police, militant leaders Joel Virador, Ariel Casilao, Hanimay Suazo and their members rushed to the station and confronted the police officers.

Police report showed that a certain Enero, one of the arrested, kicked and damaged the gate of the Talomo precinct.

Police filed complaints of direct assault, disobedience and resistance to the agent or person in authority, malicious chief and physical injuries before the City Prosecution Office against the four militants.

Meanwhile, the League of Filipino Students, Anakbayan and Karatula was scheduled to hold a Liturgy protest vigil dubbed as "Agit Night" in front of the Davao City Police Office Monday afternoon.

Dela Rosa said he will not prevent militant groups from staging any rallies.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 28, 2012.

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