By NITZ ARANCON
FILIPINA Iglesia Independiente Bishop Felixberto Calang yesterday appealed to the new city police director to order an efficient investigation so as to identify the culprits in the spate of red tagging incidents in the city.
Calang said he is dismayed over the wanting performance of Cagayan de Oro City Police Office under the watch of its previous director, the late Col. Nelson Aganon.
Aganon, who died in a motorcycle accident during a training, was replaced this week by Col. Henry Dampal.
“Kon na-ilhan sa atong mga otoridad ang suspect sa illegal drugs ug ilang napasaka-an sa kaso, nganong dili man nila ma-ilhan ang mga suspect sa red tagging nga unta kanang red tagging ug illegal drugs pareho ra man kana nga krimen,” Calang said.
The spate of red tagging incidents in the city started in February this year. Among those who have been red-tagged together with the IFI clergy were human rights lawyers, members of media, and leaders of several people’s organizations here.
“Halos kada bulan na man na red-tag among ngalan nga dili raba gyud tino-od ang ilang pasangil batok kanamo,” Calang lamented.
The latest red tagging, he said, happened at the compound of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines in Sitio Biasong, Tambo, Macasandig late last month.
Aside from Calang, other personalities tagged as members of the communist New People’s Army were IFI Bishop Antonio Ablon, IFI priest Rolando Abejo, lawyer Beverly Musni and journalist Cong Corrales.
For his part, Junrey Hilogon suspects the culprits of the red-tagging incidents are soldiers and their military assets. Hilogon is the leader of the evacuees from Mincamansi, Lagonglong town who were driven away from the capitol grounds.
“Sila (soldiers) gyud ang naghimo ana wala nay lain,” Hilogon said.
Hilogon defended the personalities in the red tagging list by saying that, like him, they would not be living in the city or in his case, leave their ancestral lands.
“Mga mag-uuma man kami nga mga lumad, dili kami rebilde, kay kung rebilde pa kami, wala na kami karon dinhi,” Hilogon said.