Locsin vouches for Satur Ocampo, scoffs at arrest


Posted at Dec 01 2018 03:58 PM

MANILA - Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Saturday took to Twitter to express his dismay over the arrest of former lawmaker Satur Ocampo on kidnapping and human trafficking charges.

"Human trafficking? Bullsh*t," Locsin said in a tweet.

Locsin vouched for Ocampo, saying the 79-year-old activist has been hounded by several warrants of arrest since they were lawmakers.

"I won't even bother to get the other side. I know Satur. We protected him in our Congress against warrants of arrest," he said.

Both the top diplomat and Ocampo were members of the House of Representatives from 2001 to 2010. Locsin was elected as Makati representative for 3 consecutive terms, while Ocampo was Bayan Muna Party-list representative.

Ocampo was arrested on November 30, along with incumbent ACT Teachers Party-list Rep. France Castro and several others, for allegedly kidnapping and trafficking Lumad children.

The group said it was delivering school supplies to indigenous communities, but police officials said the arrest "stemmed from complaints of parents and tribal leaders" in the province, said Chief Supt. Benigno Durana, Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson. 

"You cannot bring anybody's children without the authority or consent of the parents," Durana told ANC's Early Edition.

Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo earlier advised Ocampo's supporters to avoid "jumping into conclusions" and to "let the constitutional processes proceed without fear nor favor."

Ocampo and his group were given 10 days to submit their counter-affidavit and was granted bail at P80,000 per person.

On Saturday, Ocampo's wife Carolina Malay hit her husband's arrest but said they were used to such a situation.