Human rights group to file charges vs Cavite PNP

HUMAN rights group Karapatan is set to file charges against the Cavite Philippine National Police for harassing their members along Tagaytay Road in Silang, in front of the PNP Academy.

The human rights workers were aboard a bus from Tagaytay City to Manila after attending the Karapatan 4th National Congress. The 28 Karapatan members were held for 30 minutes.

Cristina Palabay, Karapatan’s newly-elected Secretary General, said, “This is sheer harassment. The four-man team were not able to show us any written order nor give a reason, valid or not, why they stopped us. They insisted they only received orders to stop us but had to ask their headquarters for the reason why. They were even armed with M16 rifles.”

While the police team was calling the headquarters through a handheld radio, Karapatan members said they heard a man’s voice at the other end saying ‘member ng Karapatan ang sakay d’yan!’ Bigyan ng feedback si ano,… CPDO at siya ang nagbigay ng instruction sa atin.

Palabay added that, “at one point in the negotiation, we heard another order again through the radio that said ‘…boarded are Karapatan members… investigate them and take pictures or video references’.“

The four policemen were with family names Sanchez, Alcaraz, Nolasco and Manalo.

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