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Rights group condemns arrest of ‘Kasibu 5’

NUEVA VIZCAYA, Philippines – The Cagayan Valley chapter of the human rights group Karapatan assailed the arrest of 5 individuals at a checkpoint in Barangay Mabuslo of Bambang town on Friday, September 29.

Arrested and now detained at the Bambang Police Station were Vicente Ollagon, 40, Joshua Hiquiana, 15, Ferdinand Pakiwon, 55, Marilyn Lango, 30, all residents of Barangay Bilet of this town, and Jogiemar Wayas, 18, of Barangay La Torre, Bayombong town.

“[They] were illegally arrested and charged with trumped-up cases of Illegal Possession of Explosives and Ammunitions and Illegal Possession of Firearms,” Karapatan said.

Lawyer Fidel Santos was seen visiting the arrested men at the Bambang Police Station detention center to provide necessary legal assistance.

Karapatan said one of those arrested is a minor. “They are members of the Kasibu Inter-Tribal Response for Ecological Development (KIRED) and Samahang Pangkarapatan ng Katutubong Magsasaka at Manggagawa, Inc (SAPAKKMMI),” the group claimed.

Military operations here intensified after the September 1st clash with the communist New People’s Army (NPA) that left four (4) soldiers dead.

A second encounter that took place in the boundary of Dupax del Sur, Nueva Vizcaya and Carranglan, Nueva Ecija on September 20 led to the death of an NPA leader known as Ka Razul and 8 others. Abe Almirol/Northernforum.net

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