MAKABAYAN DENOUNCES RANSACKING OF SECRETARY GENERAL’S HOME
Makabayan and Bayan Muna chairman Neri Colmenares and Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate denounced the ransacking of the ancestral home of Makabayan and Bayan Muna secretary general Nathanael Santiago in Zabarte, Caloocan City.
Santiago, a former councilor of Caloocan City, said that “their home was ransacked, between last night or early morning today by still unidentified person/s who forcibly entered their house and rummaged through their belongings. His bags, papers, and clothes and that of his family were left scattered across the rooms, but no appliance or valuable item was taken,”
“This is really condemnable and we believe that this is part of the ongoing attacks on members of progressive groups and the opposition,” said Colmenares.
“While no one was present when it was ransacked, these kinds of attacks traumatized his family,” added the Makabayan leader.
Santiago, also narrated that “two weeks ago an unknown man went to their ancestral home in Caloocan City and asked his cousin if Santiago was willing to have the house rented. Santiago’s cousin said that the house is not for rent. But just last week, according to his same cousin the same man returned and asked him again if the house is again for rent,”
Meanwhile Rep. Zarate said that “this is another attack on our ranks and we believe that it is part of the administration’s continuing plan to suppress the opposition especially now that they failed to block Makabayan representatives in returning to Congress,”
“We demand from the PNP and the AFP to publicly inform us if they are planning to arrest our Secretary General. We will face these cases but we demand transparency from government. The election is already over.There is no need to continue this harassment,” ended Colmenares.###