DAVAO CITY – Government agents arrested on Friday in Surigao City a tribal activist and a former nominee to the partylist Katribu in the 2010 national elections.
A statement released by the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan said agents from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group arrested Genasque Enriquez, Enriquez, secretary general of the tribal group Kasalo-Caraga and the second nominee of Katribu Party-list.
Enriquez attended a press conference of the People’s Initiative To Abolish Pork Barrel System when he was arrested at 1:00 pm in Surigao City.
Enriquez is being held at Surigao City Hall under the custody of CIDG.
Bayan Secretary-General Renato Reyes, Jr. condemned the arrest, saying tha the murder charges have been “trumped up”
Enriquez had been accused of murder in connection with with a New People’s Army ambush against of Army soldiers in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur on July 21.
The Army’s 11th Special Action Company and 75th Infantry Battalion filed the charges. .
Enriquez is a known critic over militarization, corporate mining and commercial plantations in Lumad communities in Caraga. (Mart D. Sambalud/davaotoday.com)