Alfredo H. Abao of Balingasag Farmers Association in Misamis Oriental has been arrested by the PNP earlier today, October 15. As of this writing, Abao is detained at the Balingasag Police Station.
Alfredo is included in the list of 30 people from Misamis Oriental– many of whom are leaders and members of peoples’ organizations — who were accused of trumped up charges of murder and frustrated murder. On October 4, Jerry Basahon of Misamis Oriental Farmers Association (MOFA) and Merlita Dorado of Gabriela- Misamis Oriental were arrested using the same warrants of arrest.
Balingasag Farmers Association is the municipal chapter of MOFA, which in turn is the provincial formation of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas.
This is yet another dirty tactic by the Duterte regime to clamp down on critics and human rights defenders who are pushing for the people’s interests.
Details to follow.
Source: Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas-Northern Mindanao Region facebook page
Date: October 15, 2018