Statement of DILG Sec. Eduardo M. Año

December 3, 2018

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) commends the Philippine National Police, Philippine Army, and the Local Government Unit of Talaingod for coming to the rescue of the fourteen minors and arresting the suspected perpetrators of kidnapping and child trafficking led by Rep. France Castro of ACT Party-list, former Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo, and other suspects in Davao del Norte on November 28, 2018.

We laud our law enforcement agencies for their quick response to parental complaints of child disappearances and the immediate arrest of Castro, Ocampo, and company.

We at DILG strongly condemn all forms of child trafficking and exploitation in the country and will make certain that all those guilty for these abhorrent acts against the vulnerable and innocent will face the full judgment of the rule of law.

We denounce the CPP/NPA/NDF and all their communist front organizations for the deplorable brainwashing of our youth to hate their fellow countrymen under the guise of nationalism and humanitarian missions.

We do not condone such reprehensible behavior against minors and condemn the communist and their allies for their sins against the youth such as kidnapping, child trafficking and other illegal treatment of children.

We assure our countrymen that we will continue to protect and save our children from the claws of violence and abuse as we, like our national hero Jose Rizal, firmly believe that the youth are the hope of our country’s future and must be safe, secure, well provided for and properly educated so they will grow up to become good and law-abiding citizens of our country.