Renato Reyes called the charges against Satur Ocampo, others 'baseless and outrageous' - The Daily Sentry

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Renato Reyes called the charges against Satur Ocampo, others 'baseless and outrageous'

Bayan Secretary General Renato Reyes slammed the charges to the eighteen members of a national fact-finding mission, among them ACT Teachers party-list Rep.  France Castro and Bayan Muna President Satur Ocampo who went to Sitio Dulyan, Barangay Palma Gil in Talaingod, Davao del Norte to allegedly rescue children being threatened by paramilitary group Alamara.
Bayan Secretary General Renato Reyes Jr. / Photo from News5

Baseless and outrageous

In a post he shared on Facebook, the leader of an activist group called the charges “baseless and outrageous.” 

According to Reyes, the students were only being rescued by the group of Ocampo because they “fled their community out of fear.

Read his full post below:

“The charges are baseless and outrageous. The students were being rescued by the humanitarian mission from a paramilitary group that attacked their school. The students and teachers fled their community out of fear. The rescuers are now the ones being charged. The paramilitary group has not been held accountable.”

Illegally holding minors

Meanwhile, in a press release issued by Capt. Erick Wynmer Calulot, Public Information Officer of the 1003rd Brigade, the group of Ocampo and Castro was allegedly “illegally holding 14 minors.”
Former Bayan Muna President Satur Ocampo / Photo from Inquirer

The group under Ocampo (was) on board five vans when they were put to a halt past 9 p.m. Wednesday by the PNP Talaingod after it was found out during a random checkpoint that the convoy of five vans held minor children who came from different parts of Mindanao and was headed to an unknown destination the group would not reveal,” the press release said.

Further inspection revealed that the group (was) composed of minors, prompting the PNP to coordinate with the local government’s local social welfare and development officer who profiled the group and rescued the minors of the group,” it said.