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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Kapatiran's statement on Pangandaman issue

Statement of Councilor JC delos Reyes, Olongapo City, member of the Ang kapatiran National Political Party on the physical assault committed by Agrarian Reform Secretary Pangandaman and his son, Mayor Nasser, Jr. on private individuals

The Ang Kapatiran National Political Party condemns the brutal physical assault perpetrated by Nasser Pangandaman, Jr., Municipal Mayor of Masiu, Lanao del Sur with his bodyguards on Delfin de la Paz, aged 56, and son Bino 14. This is aggravated by the fact that Nasser Jr. is the son of Agrarian Reform Secretary Nasser Pangandaman who was present during the incident.

We feel for the victims are insulted by Secretary Pangandaman’s apology for what he called a 'brawl' while threatening to file counter charges against those they have victimized. Their self serving version of the story is quite a fairy-tale considering the Pangandaman’s armed bodyguards as against a 56 year old father with his teen-age son and daughter.

From any standpoint, the Secretary and his son displayed arrogance and grave abuse, to think that the Secretary is a member of the GRP Peace Panel.

We therefore demand that Mr. Nasser Pangandaman and Nasser Jr. immediately resign as Secretary of Agrarian Reform and Mayor of Masiu, Lanao del Sur respectively. Since a public office is a public trust, this is to spare such public offices from the disgrace and ignominy that they have brought to it. Their ways have no place in government

We call on government to insure the speedy resolution of this criminal / administrative case and that these public officials be preventively suspended.

We ask the public to be in solidarity with the de la Paz family and all other families who have been victimized, one way or another by the vile and callous disposition of those in power, particularly, Edith Burgos whose son Jonas remains to be a ‘desaparecido.’ We sympathize with the thousands of victims of human rights abuses across this nation the abusers of which is a national netwok of traditional politicians and warlords.

The Ang kapatiran National Political Party looks ahead and works towards that day when this nation shall have rid itself of warlords and trapos to allow for a new beginning when we can truly say that ours is a nation of laws and not of men.


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