Baleros hits call for inquiry into crackdown vs activists

BACOLOD City – Negros Occidental top cop Colonel Romeo Baleros has questioned the resolution of the Sangguniang Panlungsod here, asking law enforcement agencies to provide “appropriate information” on the recent mass arrest of activists and progressive groups.

“For what purpose?” stressed Baleros, saying why such a request was made when the city council can access a copy of their report from the Regional Trial Court.

Baleros slammed Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr., who authored a resolution.

“He (Gamboa) is supposed to lead the city’s task force in ending local communist armed conflict,” he said.

Baleros, however, disclosed that they are still willing to provide an explanation but Gamboa should acquire a copy of their sworn statement first to ensure authorities will not change their statement.

“If the purpose is to contest the legality and validity of the operation, then the city councilor should file a complaint before the court,” Baleros said.

Earlier, the city council requested law enforcement agencies involved in the crackdown of activist tagged as front group of communist rebels.

The resolution, which was authored by Gamboa, cited Section 11 Article II of the 1987 Constitution, which states, “The state values the dignity of every human person and guarantees full respect for human rights;” along with the Bill of Rights.

Philippine Army 3rd Infantry Division spokesperson, Army Captain Cenon Pancito III, previously said they are “very much willing” to comply once they receive a copy of the resolution.

“We are not hiding anything and it is the right of every Negrense to know what is really happening in the area,” Pancito said./PN


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