SEVEN members of the Kadamay urban poor group on Sunday surrendered alleged ‘subversive documents’ that will be distributed while President Duterte was making his 5th State-of-the-Nation-Address yesterday, Police Regional Office 3 director, Brigadier General Rhodel O. Sermonia said yesterday.
The Central Luzon police director said the seven led by Pandi Kadamay president Lea Maralit requested members of the Pandi Municipal Police Station to proceed to the model house of Villa Louis in Barangay Siling Bata to accept the materials.
Maralit was joined by her fellow Kadamay members Marilou Iligan, Jeselyn Jasadon, Beth Guerrero, Carmie dela Cruz, Niel Villamor and Gina Peyil in surrendering the documents voluntarily to the local police, said Sermonia.
During questioning, Maralit said they decided to surrender the materials to the police for fear that they may be used during the President’s address to the nation. Sermonia said they learned that the Kadamay group in Pandi had already pledged its support to the government’s peace efforts specifically in its program to end the over four-decades long communist insurgency.
Sermonia said that around 1:30 a.m. Sunday, patrolling Pandi policemen accosted two quarantine violators in the same barangay who were found carrying propaganda materials of ‘Pinoystreet.Org.’
He said the two identified as Rosalita Fortaleza, a former Kadamay health officer and her companion Buenavil Fortaleza were walking at the sidewalk without face mask when accosted while trying to flee.
The two will be facing charges for violation of Republic Act 11332 and resistance and disobedience to a person of authority.
"Time and again, we urge those who are still actively fighting the government to lay down their arms and embrace other peaceful means to attain their sought after changes and to refrain from recruiting youth from poor families and students from state colleges and universities in Central Luzon. Our government has several programs to retool you so that you could all become even more productive members of our society, " Sermonia said in a press statement.
The Pandi operation became controversial after the local police was accused of trying to suppress freedom of speech and intimidating protesters by threatening to file non-existing laws against them and confiscating their propaganda materials.
Philippine National Police chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa, said he was told by Sermonia that a day before the incident, some persons burned materials which turned out to be among those surrendered to the Pandi police.
The PNP chief said it appears that pictures of the local police going to the Kadamay place to recover the materials surrendered to them were misinterpreted as a police raid.
“If there’s really a raid, let them file charges against the policemen concerned before the PNP Internal Affairs Service,” he said.
Gen. Gamboa admitted that the Bulacan police can’t use a long repealed anti-subversion law in filing charges against those who reportedly yielded the ‘subversive documents.’
“That (anti-subversion law) can’t be used right now. Wala na yung law na yun. I just told my men to be very careful with the use of word. The problem is baka maconnect ito sa anti-terror law, sabihin prelude pero hindi naman,” the top cop said.
Gen. Gamboa said they are still waiting for the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the new anti-terror law before fully enforcing it.