• TORTURE OF DAVAO TRIBESMEN

    Army officer faces court martial

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    AN Army corporal and four government militiamen face a court-martial for allegedly torturing some members of the Tagkulo tribe in a remote village in Malita town in Davao Occidental last month.

    Captain Rhyan Batchar, information officer of Philippine Army’s 10th Infantry Division (ID), said in a statement that pursuant to Articles of War 70, Army corporal Sandy Batolbatol and four militiamen were placed under arrest for the conduct of court-martial proceedings.

    Batchar said that Batolbatol and the militiamen were ordered arrested and placed under restrictive custody of the commander of the 72nd Infantry Battalion (IB) at their headquarters in Camp General Manuel Yan Sr., in Barangay Tuboran, Mawab town in Compostela Valley.

    “They shall be restricted to barracks to insure their appearance while the investigation is ongoing,” Batchar said in the statement.

    Batchar added that the names of the four militiamen are being withheld until the investigations have clearly established their involvement in the said incident.

    “Due process of law shall be strictly observed in the investigation, and when evidence warrants they will be prosecuted with the full force of military justice, including trial by courts-martial. The soldier and the CAAs are subject to military laws,” Batchar said.

    The army official added that the 10th ID command further reiterates that the investigation will not prejudice any investigation that may be conducted by other agencies and shall make available the soldier and the militias for such a procedure.

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