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Army accuses NPA of attacking Sumifru trucks to divert authorities from Satur Ocampo’s alleged trafficking scheme

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The military has accused former Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Satur Ocampo and his group of being behind the alleged attack by the communist New People’s Army (NPA) against the two Sumifru trailer trucks, resulting to the injury of three individuals, including a child, in Compostela Valley.

Citing reliable informants, First Lt. Leo Daren C. Gapay, Civil Military Operation (CMO) officer of the Army’s 66th Infantry Battalion (IB), said the act of atrocity was part of the plot of Ocampo’s team “to divert the authorities’ attention from successfully kidnapping 14 minors and transporting them to Maco, Compostela Valley Province.”

Ocampo, ACT Teachers party-list Rep. France Castro, and others have been charged with kidnapping and human trafficking of 14 minors in Davo del Norte.

The former lawmaker’s group was on board five vans when the police stopped them past 9:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 28, after they discovered during a random check that the convoy held minor children who came from various parts of Mindanao, according to the military.

The incident took place when the NPA rebels ambushed at around 10 p.m. on the same day the Sumifru trucks while traversing Barangay Tamia-Ngan road, Compostela town while on their way to Davao.

Gapay said one of the drivers of the vehicle, identified as alias “Cardo,” narrated that they were fired upon by five armed men who introduced themselves as members of the NPA. This resulted to the wounding of the driver, child, and mother, who was in critical condition.

In an earlier statement, Compostela Valley Governor Tyron Uy said there were two individuals who were hurt identified as Daisy Sefuentes, 30, and John Sefuentes, 5, but they were already safe.

Ocampo’s team and its supporters have called for the immediate dropping of “trumped up charges” against the former congressman, Castro and others.

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