April 24, 2024

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2 Anakpawis partylist organizers in Sorsogon arrested on trump-up charges

Two Sorsogon peasant organizers were arrested yesterday at a police checkpoint of Sorsogon – Albay boundary on Saturday, May 28 around 6:00 am.

The two are currently detained at PNP Station in Cumadcad, Castilla.

Percival Dellomas, 45, and Darwin Guelas, 33, are peasant leaders of Samahan ng Magbubukid sa Sorsogon (SAMASOR), the provincial chapter of Kilusang Magbubukid ng Bicol (KMB).

They both served as campaign organizers of Anakpawis Partylist in Sorsogon during the Election 2022 campaign.

Dellomas is facing charges under Anti-Terrorism Act, the second person in Bicol facing charges under the recent law.

Meanwhile Guelas faces Murder charges.

According to human rights group Karapatan, Dellomas and Guelas were arrested while riding a public utility van bound for Albay.

They both had faced threats and harassments as activists in their locality.

The human rights group added they were being tailed during the incident and, when arrested, false charges were filed against them.