PANGASINAN CIDG CHIEF DENIES ABDUCTION ALLEGATIONS
LINGAYEN, Pangasinan — The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Pangasinan has denied the alleged abduction incident reported in an online news media site and plans to file libel charges against the writer behind the report.
CIDG-Pangasinan chief, Lt. Col. Philip Antang, in an interview Wednesday, claimed that there was no abduction and the arrest against a mother and daughter was legal as part of their anti-illegal gambling operations.
Antang said the arrest of the duo with two other suspects happened on March 7 following complaints about the drop-ball game operation, an illegal gambling activity, in a barangay in Malasiqui town.
“A complainant told us that the operation of this drop-ball is affecting their children as they would go home very late because of the presence of the mini-carnival with drop-ball, so we raided the place and the report was confirmed,” he said.
The mother and daughter at first denied their real names and relationship, Antang said.
“They gave us different names and they said they are niece and aunt but later on admitted their real names and relationship as mother and daughter,” he said.
Antang noted strengthening the fight against anti-illegal gambling operation is their mandate.
In the article published March 12, it was stated that the mother and daughter filed charges against Antang and eight other CIDG members in Pangasinan before the Ombudsman for alleged abduction.
The article said they also denied involvement in the illegal gambling operations and their presence in the area was only to collect payment for the loaned money to the operator of the mini-carnival.
“This is the first time I got bad publicity. My family and friends are affected by this,” Antang said.
Nonetheless, he stressed that CIDG-Pangasinan’s morale “remain high” as they promise to keep on doing their mandate and render service to the community.
“We said to each other that since this is already here, then, we will just face it together,” Antang said.
As of this writing, he said they have not yet received any copy of the complaint from the Ombudsman and their lawyers are looking into the possibility of filing libel charges against the writer and the news outlet as well.
“We were already tasked to explain this to our higher officials since the Philippine National Police is serious in its internal cleansing program,” he added. (PNA)