Ang Bayan
February 21, 2019

1st SFB arrests 3 civilians, 1 baby

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THE 1ST SPECIAL Forces Battalion (SFB), under the command of Capt. Lorefel Judaya, arbitrarily arrested and detained Gloria O. Jandayan and her daughter Gleceria J. Balangiao in Macabalan, Cagayan de Oro City on February 11. They were brought to the 1st SFB camp in Mampayag, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon. Jandayan is a health worker in Barangay Macabalan and a member of Gabriela while Balangiao is a human rights advocate and a member of the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines-Northern Mindanao Subregion based in Cagayan de Oro City. Judaya, intelligence officer of the 1st SFB, first summoned the victims to the barangay hall of Macabalan where they were subjected to interrogation. Jandayan was accused of being an NPA medic.

Meanwhile, on February 14 at 11:00 a.m., 1st SFB elements also illegally arrested Lorena Micabalo together with her three-month old daughter, Zhia, in Tagum City. According to Karapatan-Northern Mindanao, troopers under the command of a certain Major Macaranban trooped to the house of Micabalo and brought the her together with her daughter to the 1st SFB camp in Bukidnon. Although arrested without a warrant, Micabalo was slapped with trumped-up charges and coerced to surrender as an NPA member. Major Macaranban refused to release Micabalo to her family whom he accused of being connected with the NPA. The four are still being held in the military camp and are denied of their right to be visited by their lawyers and their families.

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