Leader Abducted in Zambales
Posted 4:00 p.m. , Sept. 15, 2006
The reign of terror
continues in Central Luzon even with the retirement of Maj. Gen. Jovito
Palparan, former commanding officer of the 7th Infantry
Division based in the region.
At about 1:30 this
afternoon, Nelson Mallari, secretary general of the Central Luzon Aeta
Association (CLAA) was abducted by the Regional Special Action Force (RSAF)
of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in a checkpoint along San
Marcelino town, province of Zambales (153 km north of Manila), a report
from the regional chapter of Karapatan (Alliance for the Advancement of
Peoples' Rights) said.
Leonardo Serrano and Andres Dacanay, were abducted along with the Aeta
Aetas are a group of
indigenous peoples who live in the mountain ranges of Pampanga, Tarlac
and Zambales in the Central Luzon region.
The Karapatan report
said that the two came from a meeting of the regional chapter of Bagong
Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN or New Patriotic Alliance), the umbrella
organization of sectoral groups in the region where CLAA is a member,
when they were abducted.
Mallari, Serrano and
Dacanay are now detained at Camp Magsaysay in the town of Castillejos,
Zambales. There is no confirmation yet as of press time whether the
three have been formally charged in court. Bulatlat
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