A man later found out to be a member of militant group Anakbayan was arrested for alleged rape in North Cotabato, the Philippine National Police- Criminal Investigation and Detection Group said on Tuesday.
CIDG chief, Maj. Gen. Albert Ignatius Ferro, said the suspect, John Daniel Tan Mobo, who was arrested in Kabacan, North Cotabato on Sept. 25, has a standing warrant for statutory rape (Revised Penal Code Article 266-A in relation to Article 266-B.
Ferro said Mobo, a member of Anakbayan at the University of Southern Mindanao in Kabacan, North Cotabato, was participating in a silent protest against the government, when arrested.
“If there is a criminal offense, we shall arrest a wanted person regardless if the suspect is an activist, police, politician, or a member of a group belonging to the Makabayan bloc,” Ferro said in a phone interview.
The arrest of wanted persons, he said, is part of the PNP’s implementation of “Oplan Pagtugis” to arrest most wanted persons and those with outstanding warrants of arrest.
Anakbayan is a militant left-wing youth-led organization of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, earlier named by Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding chairman Jose Maria Sison as part of the CPP-New People’s Army (NPA).