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PIA Press Release
2006/11/24

PNP Caraga sees early resolution of convent raid controversy

by Nelly T. Villagarcia

BUTUAN CITY (November 24) -- Caraga Police Director Chief Superintendent Antonio Nanas is hopeful that the controversy on the alleged convent raid will be put to an end already. RD Nanas clarified that the incident was already investigated by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) to determine to culpability of the enforcing team for proper sanctions if evidence warrant.

On November 1, elements from Regional Intelligence and Investigation Division led by Supt. Wilfredo Reyes went into the Convent of the Religious Sisters of the Good Shepherd (RGS) to serve the warrant of a wanter person at Barangay Ampayon, Butuan City following police report that Jorge Madlos, Spokesperson of the National Democrativ Front in Mindanao was hiding in the convent. By virtue of warrant of arrest against Madlos turned-out negative and drew condemnation and controversy from militants and religious groups.

Days after the incident, Director Nanas ordered relief of Reyes from post for him to answer questions on the conduct of serving the warrant arrest. RD Nanas issued a statement of apology of the incident wand was accepted by Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos, who has an overnight function on lay groups and congregations in the region.

Nanas is very optimistic that with Reyes' relief, the controversy will be put to rest already. "The police work will always continue so the peace and order in the region will be maintained," RD Nanas added. (PNP-PRO-13/PIA-13) [top]

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