SECURITY forces on Wednesday evening intercepted the convoy of former Bayan Muna Representative Satur Ocampo in Talaingod, Davao del Norte and detained him and several others after they were found transporting 14 minors without permission from their Lumad parents.
Police Regional Office 11 director Chief Superintendent Marcelo Morales said that the 14 minors who were with Ocampo and company were taken from Ocampo’s group in Sitio Igang in Barangay Palma Gil in Talaingod town 9 p.m. Wednesday.
Morales said that members of the Talaingod Municipal Police Station joined by soldiers from the Army’ 56th Infantry Battalion and the Municipal Social Welfare and Development took the minors who were being transported to Maco, Compostela Valley.
He said that Ocampo and company numbering about 78 were in several rented vans when they were intercepted at a checkpoint by local police and military troops who were implementing Oplan Dabaw Kalinaw.
“The group was believed to have come from the Salugpungan Learning Center,” Morales said.
The official said that Ocampo is now being held at the Talaingod Municipal Police Station where criminal charges are being readied against him. The minors were placed under the custody of the Talaingod Municipal Police Staiton’s Women and Children Protection Division in coordination with the local DSWD.
However, ACT Teachers party-list Rep. France Castro claimed that they were allegedly attacked by unidentified men after attending a meeting of the National Solidarity Mission which supposedly was set up to deliver school and food supplies in the area.
Castro even claimed that the tires of their vehicles were fired upon. The lawmaker claimed their delegation was composed of 79 people including 29 students and 12 teachers of Lumad schools.