GENASQUE ENRIQUEZ, Lumad Leader from CARAGA Arrested with False Charges



    URGENT ALERT: August 22, 2014

    Mr. Genasque Enriquez, a Manobo leader, secretary-general of KASALO and Vice President of the KATRIBU Partylist was arrested today, 22 August 2014, at 1:00 pm after attending the press conference for the People’s Initiative in Surigao City. Enriquez was arrested by elements of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) of the Philippine National Police using an alias warrant.

    He is currently being held at the Surigao City Hall under the custody of the CIDG.

    The arrest of Mr. Enriquez was in relation with frustrated murder case No. L-2540 filed against him on March 25, 2013 in Lianga del Sur by the elements of the 11th Special Action Company and the 75th IBPA. This was in connection with an NPA ambush against these operating elements of the military in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur on July 21, 2012. Incidentally, Mr. Enriquez was a guest in a local radio show in Butuan City when this happened.

    Genasque Enriquez, in his capacity as KASALO Caraga leader, is well-known for his stand opposing heightened militarization, corporate mining and commercial plantations that affect Lumad communities in Caraga and the whole of the Philippines. The forced evacuations due to militarization in Mamanwalumad communities in Surigao del Norte and Agusan del Norte in February to March, 2012 put him in frequent confrontations with elements of the 30th IBPA and Civil Military Operations (CMO) officials of the 4th Infantry Division.

    From 2012, Enriquez has been filed with at least 3 trumped up charges related to criminal cases and attacks of the New People’s Army to the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Mr. Enriquez is one of the many IP leaders facing grave threats due to their unwavering stand and leadership of anti-mining and anti-militarization campaigns of indigenous peoples’ organizations and communities in Mindanao and the whole country.

    Enriquez is a member of the National Council of Leaders of KAMP, the national alliance of indigenous peoples organizations in the Philippines, and the 2nd nominee of the KATRIBU Partylist in the 2010 and 2013 national elections.

    Kalipunan ng Mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KAMP)
    National Alliance of Indigenous Peoples Organizations in the Philippines
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