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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, April 11, 2012
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Bayan official going
after 4 witnesses

The employee of the fish farm, the complainant in the robbery-in-band case filed against him and three witnesses will be included in the charges they will file in relation to his arrest last week, Bayan-Negros Secretary General Christian Tuayon said yesterday.

Earlier, Tuayon said they were set to file perjury charges against the prosecutor who decided on his case claiming he was not given due process.

Tuayon was arrested at a rally Monday last week by joint operatives of the Philippine National Police Intelligence Group, Bacolod City Police and the Army’s Intelligence group on the strength of an arrest warrant for robbery-in-band

The arrest warrant against Tuayon and Kilusang Mayo Uno Spokesperson Ronald Ian Evidente was issued by Regional Trial Court Judge Renato Muñez, who set their bail at P40,000 each.

Court records show that the charges stemmed from an incident on July 16 last year where about 25 armed men raided the fish farm of Joseph Edgar Sarrosa, nephew of Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr. in Brgy. Bulanon, Sagay City, and seized several firearms.

Tuayon was released Tuesday after posting in bail, while Evidente eluded arrest.

Tuayon had said he believes the officials of the 62nd Infantry Battalion based in Brgy. Bato in Sagay City had instigated a rebel-returnee to act as a witness and include their names in the complaint.

Col. Oscar Lactao, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander could not be reached for comment, but Major Enrico Ileto, public affairs chief of the army’s 3rd Infantry Division said they could no longer discuss the matter as it is already in the court.

Ileto stressed that the army is only there to assist the Philippine National Police in serving the arrest warrant against those who are wanted.

Tuayon said his arrest and detention will not in any way hamper him in fighting for the people’s cause.*APN

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