Duterte: Police did right thing by arresting Satur Ocampo

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 3) — President Rodrigo Duterte is backing members of the police who arrested former Representative Satur Ocampo.

Speaking to media after an event in Malacañang on Monday, the President said, "The police did the right thing."

He added Ocampo's intentions may have been good, "but there is the intent which is criminal in bringing out and transferring children from one area to another, especially using them... eventually using them in their struggle."


Duterte added he would defend his soldiers and his policemen "for sure because I think they are right."

Ocampo, ACT Teachers Partylist Representative France Castro, and 16 others were charged for illegally holding minors and transporting 14 children from Talaingod, Davao del Norte to a unknown location.

The police report said Ocampo, Castro and 16 others violated Republic Act 9208 or the "Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003," and Republic Act 7610 or the "Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act."

Ocampo, however, found an ally in Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro "Teddy Boy" Locsin Jr. who called the charges "idiotic."

"Human trafficking? Bullsh*t. I won't even bother to get the other side. I know Satur. We protected him in our Congress against warrants of arrest," Locsin said in a tweet.

Ocampo, along with his fellow accused were able to post bail over the weekend, saying there was no kidnapping, trafficking or abuse. They were only rescuing the children from alleged military harassment.

However, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said five parents raised complaints to the police and are planning to file a kidnapping case against the accused.

"A kidnapping case was filed against them pero hindi tinanggap ng piskalya pero hindi dinismiss [the fiscal did not accept it but they did not dismiss it]… So I just talked with the regional director this morning and they will be refiling the case because there are five parents who signed their affidavits and are planning to file a case of kidnapping laban dito kina [against] Satur Ocampo," PNP Chief Dir. Gen. Oscar  Albayalde told the press on Monday.