From the Sun Star-Davao (Jul 31): Suspected rebel charged with arson
THE suspected New People's Army (NPA) member who was previously charged for multiple crimes is facing charges anew, this time for burning down a truck owned by a farming company in Calinan, Davao City on January 24.
Facing syndicated arson charges before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Davao City Branch 16 is Roberto Castillote and other unidentified co-members of the NPA's. The Davao City Prosecution Office found probable cause to charge Castillote and the other NPA members based on the complaint filed by security guards of the Davao Agricultural Ventures Corporation identified as Arconcel Agton and Charlie Mandante.
The security guards, in their affidavit, said they saw suspects enter the area where the Game Boom Harvester truck was parked around 6:30 p.m. They tried to stop the three but they were hesitant as they saw around 20 more men including Castillote entering the compound. They then saw the suspects setting the truck ablaze.
The two then informed their supervisor Ricardo Baniquid and proceeded to Baguio police to report the incident. But when they returned, the heavy equipment was totally burned down. The estimated cost of the damage was around P15 million.
RTC Branch 16 Judge Emmanuel Carpio ordered the arrest of Castillote.
Castillote was earlier charged for slight illegal detention for briefly holding seven men and killing one of the captives at Baguio District on March 1, 2013. On the same year, he was accused of murdering a former village chief on September 29 and killing another man on September 5.
He was also accused of detaining three Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit (Cafgu) personnel in 2012.
This as the MILF received yesterday the official response letter of the Western Mindanao Command through BGen Carlito Galvez Jr, Chairman of the Government Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities (GPH – CCCH) to the request of the MILF for the Eidl Fitre
The General Staff of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces – Moro Islamic Liberation Front (BIAF – MILF) through the MILF CCCH requested the coordination for the movements of the MILF forces for the 3 –days period beginning June 28 – 30 in relation to the observance of congregational prayers, family and clan celebration and brotherhood meeting during the observance of Eid’l Fitre, or the Islamic festival celebrating the end of the Holy Month Ramadhan.
AFP Western Mindanao Command also assured the cooperation of the AFP troops on the ground in ensuring peaceful and meaningful celebration of the Eid Fitre.
“We convey to our partners with the AFP and the GPH CCCH our heartfelt gratitude and assurances of cooperation for their noble cooperation for the celebration of the Eid’l Fitre,” the Office of the General Staff conveyed.
However, the GPH CCCH reminded of the policy of no bringing of firearms, wearing of full BIAF uniforms and bringing / displaying of unnecessary slogans and placards.
The BIAF Chief of Staff has an standing Order to all BIAF officers and men not to bring firearms outside the MILF areas and when not related to official undertakings in relation with the ongoing GPH – MILF Peace Process.