Kalinga bocap, 150 men forcibly take marijuana suspects from policemen

>> Tuesday, June 7, 2022

By March Fianza

TINGLAYAN, Kalinga -- The village chairman of Barangay Buscalan of this tourist town is now facing administrative and criminal cases filed against him by police officers of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group field unit of Kalinga/Apayao and Kalinga Provincial Police Office.
    An administrative case for grave misconduct was filed against Buscalan punong barangay Leon Lammawen Baydon before the Office of the Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon on May 20, 2022.
    A criminal case for obstruction of justice under PD 1829 docketed as NPS 11-10-INV-22E-00045 was also filed against Baydon before the Kalinga Provincial Prosecutors Office on May 23, 2022.
    On April 25, 2022, members of the PNP Regional Mobile Force Battalion 1502nd Maneuver Company who were patrolling a mountainous terrain in Buscalan caught five persons in the act of cultivating marijuana.
    They were arrested for violating Republic Acts 9165 and10591 including the Comelec Gun Ban.
    However, while the troops and the arrested persons were moving towards Centro Buscalan, they were blocked by Baydon and some 150 residents who were armed with bolos, and forcibly took the arrested individuals.
    Although provoked and apparently outnumbered, the PNP patrol remained calm to avoid unnecessary bloodshed or injury among the relatives of the arrested individuals or on their side.


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