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Karapatan cries illegal arrest

Human rights group Karapatan-Negros yesterday condemned what it called the “illegal arrest” of Crisanto Fat, a farmer’s group leader, in Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental

Karapatan, in a statement, said that  the 2nd Scout Ranger Company headed by Capt. Clement Go, arrested Fat on Thursday to justify the illegal search of his house in Sitio Santos-Santos, Brgy. Quinten Remo, Moises Padilla.

Fat is now detained at the Moises Padilla Police Station jail, allegedly for illegal possession of firearms and explosives.

Senior Inspector Pabiolo Ortiz, Moises Padilla police chief, said a fragmentation grenade and a homemade .38 caliber revolver with ammunition, were recovered from the house of Fat, as claimed by the Scout Rangers.

Karapatan claimed that the grenade and revolver were planted by the military, to justify the arrest of Fat, chairman of a farmer’s group in Brgy. Quinten Remo, Moises Padilla, which is affiliated with the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas.

 The human rights group also described the illegal arrest of Fat as a desperate move of the Philippine Army to simply tag ordinary farmers and leaders of progressive organizations, as members of the New People’s Army. *

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