Sagay massacre case transferred to DOJ due to security concerns
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Thursday admitted that the preliminary investigation on the kidnapping of a minor-witness in the Sagay massacre case was transferred to the Department of Justice because of security concerns.
“Most likely for security reasons yan. I am not sure about the factual background but I suppose for incidents like this where an investigation being conducted in the field is being referred to the DoJ proper, normally the reason is security,” Guevarra said.
kidnapping complaint filed by the Sagay police against lawyer Kathy Panguban of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) for allegedly holding the child-witness against his will.
Police said lawyer Katherine Panguban, a member of the National Union of People’s Lawyers, acting as counsel for human rights group Karapatan did try to prevent a 14-year-old boy from testifying in the multiple murder case arising from the killing of nine farmers in Sagay City, Negros Occidental.
The minor is considered as the prime witness in the killing of nine members of the National Federation of Sugar Workers, who were also doused with gasoline and burned by their assailants on Oct. 20.