Military confirms Ocampo, ACT Teachers Rep nabbed for alleged human trafficking

 Ocampo and Castro were being held at Barangay Santo NiƱo, Talaingod, Davao del Norte on Wednesday night, November 28, 2018 / photo from Inquirer

The 1003rd Brigade of the Philippine Army has confirmed that former Bayan Muna party-list Representative Satur Ocampo and ACT Teachers party-list Rep. France Castro were among those arrested by local police for allegedly illegal holding and trafficking of minors.

In a report from Inquirer, it was said that there were five vans containing 74 people, including Ocampo, Castro, and 10 other teachers of Salugpongan schools were stopped by authorities on Wednesday night in Talaingod, Davao del Norte.

According to Capt. Erick Calulot, Public Information Officer of the 1003rd Brigade, some of the children were already taken home by their parents and tribal leaders, who reportedly demanded that Ocampo and Castro vacate the area.

Calulot also said that local government of Talaingod through Mayor Basillio Libayao has already passed a resolution condemning the activities of the group in the area.

However, the leftist group of Makabayan bloc said that Ocampo and Castro were not trafficking minors, but they were allegedly rescuing them from threats, harassment, and impending closure of their schools due to militarization.

“It would be a blatant and outrageous lie to accuse progressive lawmaker and former public school teacher Castro, former solon and peace advocate Ocampo, as well as the administrators of the Lumad school as child traffickers,” the Makabayan bloc said.

Source: Inquirer

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