MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has filed criminal charges against members of the Anakpawis party-list for attempting to hold a mass action disguised as a relief operation in Norzagaray, Bulacan.
Charges of violation of Article 151 of the Revised Penal Code (RPC) including refusal to observe guidelines on home quarantine and insisting to pass through checkpoints, Executive Order 922 Section 4 and attempted “inciting to sedition” pursuant to Article 142 of the RPC were filed before the provincial prosecutor’s office of Malolos City, Bulacan on Monday against Karl Mae San Juan, 29; Marlon Lester Gueta, 26; Roberto Medel, 52; Eribeto Peña Jr., 60; Raymar Guaves, 21 and Tobi Estrada, 22.
The complainants were Lt. Schnieder Garcia, Pat. Marlon Castillo and Pat. Fernando Estrada of the Norzagaray Municipal Police Station.
Meanwhile, former Anakpawis Rep. Ariel Casilao is also facing the same charges and a separate complaint for usurpation of authority pursuant to Article 177 of RPC.
The complainants in the charges against Casilao are Staff Sergeants Marlon Mito and Jonathan dela Cruz, also from the Norzagaray police.
Based on the report of the Police Office Regional Office 3 (Central Luzon), the Anakpawis members were on board a passenger jeepney (ZNH-869) that was stopped at a quarantine control point in Barangay Bigte at around 11 a.m. on Sunday
The group failed to show any proof of exemption or authority for their presence in Bulacan, except for the alibi that they will deliver a cargo of relief packs to their members and sympathizers in Kalye 11 in Barangay Bigte.
But upon visual inspection, the jeepney contained anti-government flyers, printed materials and tarpaulins with suggestive slogans that promote the political ideology of Anakpawis, the electoral wing of the militant Kilusang Mayo Uno and the Kilusang Mangbubukid ng Pilipinas.
The relief packs were promptly released and turned over to officials of Barangay Bigte while the propaganda materials were confiscated as evidence for court proceedings.
In 2006, the Kidapawan City Regional Trial Court Branch 17 in North Cotabato ordered the arrest of Casilao and Karapatan Southern Mindanao secretary-general Kelly Delgado for libel charges filed by former North Cotabato governor and now Mindanao Development Authority chairperson, Secretary Emmanuel Piñol. (PNA)