Family in Palawan accuses police of harassment after refusing to sell their land

Photo by DZRH Florante Rosales

With the help of DZRH, a family from Palawan was able to meet with representatives from the National Police Commission and the Commission on Human Rights, and air their complaints against the police in their area.

Florecel Rosales and his brother, Joshua Cantiga are accusing the police in San Vicente, Palawan of allegedly planting a grenade in the possession of their brother, Raffy Rosales, who was arrested alongside their father, Agripino Rosales.

Based on Florecel’s account, the police started harassing them when they refused to sell their land.

In response to their complaint, CHR Special Investigator Resty Gonzales said that they will send one of their operatives to visit Raffy and Agripino at the Palawan Provincial Jail in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.

Gonzales also promised that they will probe on the alleged illegal arrest and the veracity of the charges filed against the two Rosales.

NAPOLCOM meanwhile said that they will also investigate the police’s involvement in the said incident.

In a sworn affidavit, Floricel identified the arresting officers as Pedro Magbanua, Philipp and Marlon Pablico; all members of the Palawan-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group.

Florecel and Joshua sought the help of DZRH due to threats in their security after the San Vicente police tagged them as members of the New People’s Army.

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