Congress urged to probe Lumad killings in Surigao del Sur
admin • September 9, 2015 • 2881
AFP Chief of Staff Major General Hernando Iriberri during the deliberation on the proposed budget for the AFP. (UNTV News)
QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The Makabayan bloc expressed concern over the spike of Lumad killings in Surigao del Sur.
This has prompted the group to file a resolution in the lower house to probe on the alleged extrajudicial killings of the tribesmen.
As stated in the resolution, Manobo leader Dionel Campos, his cousin Aurelio Sinzo and ALCADEV Executive Director Emerito Amarca were mercilessly killed in Lianga, Surigao Del Sur on September 1.
According to Bayan Muna Partylist Rep. Carlos Zarate, witnesses are pointing at several army personnel who are members of The Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit or CAFGU as the men behind the killings.
“We have accounts from survivors na nakita umano sa pagpatay sa kanilang tatay na kasama ng para-military na ito ang grupo ni Caplit Igua ang mga sundalo from 36th IB and the special forces,” said Zarate.
(We have accounts from survivors who witnessed that the killers of their father were Caplit Igua’s men and were joined by soldiers from 36th IB and the Special Forces.)
When Zarate had the chance to ask the AFP Chief of Staff Major General Hernando Iriberri during the deliberation on the proposed budget for the AFP, the lawmaker asked the AFP Chief to explain the issue.
Iriberri denied the reports saying the murderers have already been arrested and they are not members of the AFP.
“I just got the text massage that there were already three persons who were charged before the prosecutor’s office in Lianga; charged for arson, multiple murder, and grave coercion. These three persons are Bobby Tejero, Loloy Tejero and Garito Naino who are not members of the CAFGU,” said Iriberri. (GRACE CASIN / UNTV News)
The Women and Children Protection Center–Mindanao Field Unit (WCPC-MFU) has arrested a 22-year-old woman exploiting her younger sisters and daughter in online trafficking.
There were reports about the suspect’s illegal online activities last February this year which prompted an investigation by the authorities.
The WCPC-MFU was granted a warrant by the court to search the suspect’s electronic devices for evidence of online sexual exploitation of children (OSEC). The suspect’s identity was not disclosed for the safety of the victims.
Investigation showed the suspect offered to sexually abuse her sisters and daughter and livestream it in exchange for money.
Authorities rescued the suspect’s sisters aged 13 and 15 and her 4-year-old daughter from their home in Barobo, Surigao del Sur on Friday (Aug 16).
Chief of WCPC-MFU Col. Christine Tan reiterates their continuous effort to stop the exploitation of children online.
“To those who are doing this crime or have plans to do it for easy money, you cannot hide. We know how to get you,” she said.
The victims are currently in the custody of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). The suspect will be charged with violation of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act or Republic Act 9208 (as amended by RA 10364), among other violations. —AAC
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the earthquake, recorded at 4:42 a.m., was tectonic in origin and had a depth of 5 kilometers with its epicenter 9 kilometers southeast of Carrascal town. Phivolcs initially reported that the epicenter was 8 kilometers Northwest of Cortes town.
Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Regional Director Liza Mazo said, based on the report of the Surigao del Sur PDRRMO, the walls of Agsam Catholic church in the town of Lanuza were damaged, and the ceiling and roofing of Carmen Parish Church in the municipality of Carmen had collapsed.
The municipal hall and the public market in Carmen also sustained cracks.
Old and new public and private buildings, bridges, business establishments, and houses in the towns of Lanuza, Carmen, Madrid and Catillan were also damaged.
As of 6 am on Saturday, 25 individuals with minor injuries were treated at the Madrid District Hospital; while three patients were referred to Adela Serra Ty Memorial Medical Center in Tandag Municipality for further check up.
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