By ALEX D. LOPEZ
DAVAO City — The Task Force Davao said the four activists they flagged down in a checkpoint Wednesday evening were “suspicious individuals.”
A human rights worker and three leaders of farmers’ organizations were held for at least four hours in a checkpoint of the TF Davao in Lasang here yesterday.
In a statement issued Wednesday night, the civil-military operations of TF Davao said four “suspicious individuals” were held at their checkpoint onboard an Isuzu Trooper vehicle bearing plate number MGL 495.
“The Task Force Davao personnel manning the Lasang checkpoint immediately called Bunawan (Philippine National Police) to conduct further verification of the identities of the said individuals,” the statement said.
TF Davao said after verification, the suspected individuals were later identified as Karapatan Secretary General Hanimay Suazo, Kilusang Magbu-bukid ng Pilipinas Southern Mindanao Region Chairperson Pedro Arnado, his colleague and Also Secretary General of KMP in North Cotabato Gerry Alborme and Unyon ng Manggaga-wang Agrikultura Southern Mindanao Region Spokesperson Lito Lao.
The three: Arnado, Alborme and Suazon were released after verification but Lao was held after finding out he has a standing warrant of arrest. (davaotoday.com)