The Cordillera Human Rights Alliance condemns the abduction of Grayson Naogsan last November 5, 2012 and that his family and lawyers were denied access to him for two days. He was taken at gunpoint by five men who just introduced themselves as policemen without showing their proper identification. He was shown a document that he and his companion were not able to review or comprehend properly. He was handcuffed, led to a vehicle from SM Baguio around 3:30 pm. From the call that he was able to make to his wife that same afternoon, he said that he was being brought to Camp Crame. The only motive that the family can think about as reason behind the arrest and charges is that Grayson is the son of Simon Naogsan, the spokesperson of the Cordillera Peoples Democratic Front (CPDF).
The whereabouts of Grayson Naogsan was established at around 8 pm on November 7, 2012 due to efforts by his family, human rights workers and lawyers. Information was gathered that he was committed to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) at Tiger Hill in Kiangan, Ifugao at 6:59 pm according to records.
The family of Naogsan, together with the CHRA, Karapatan, and the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) searched for Naogsan in Baguio City, in Camp Crame, Quezon City and in Bontoc, Mountain Province.
They were given the runaround in the search obviously with the intention to hide Naogsan.
His wife, along with members of the CHRA, Karapatan, and the NUPL, searched for him in Camp Crame from November 6 to 7, hoping for favorable results. However, the team was referred back and forth to several offices within the Crime Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Camp Crame. His wife lamented at one point that they were treated like “ping-pong balls” as if the life and security of her husband did not merit much needed concern. At around 4 PM in November 7, the team went to the Commission on Human Rights – NCR from Camp Crame to file a complaint and seek assistance. However, they were told that the CHR cannot provide any assistance during that time because it was close to 5:00 pm.
The only official report given on November 7, 2012 was from the Philippine National Police Regional Office-Cordillera Administrative Region (PRO-CAR). From a call that was made to their office, the PRO-CAR validated that Grayson Naogsan was indeed arrested by the Intelligence Group of the PNP, that he was brought to Camp Crame and that he was going to be brought to Bontoc, Mountain Province where he has a standing warrant of arrest.
In the search for Grayson Naogsan in Mountain Province, his family was also prompted by a concerned individual to check the hospital as someone who looked like him was brought there. The hospital logbook indeed stated that a certain Grayson Naogsan was brought for medical check-up at the Bontoc General Hospital at 6:30 am. The family asked the courts if they knew his whereabouts and went to the provincial jail to look for him but they did not find him. Then came the news that Grayson was brought to Ifugao.
The arrest of Grayson Naogsan comes after the burial of his grandfather, Pablo Naogsan where the family and the whole community were harassed by the 54th IB. The wake was disturbed by the disrespectful and unruly behavior of Col. Donald Hungitan, and soldiers under his command who were in full battle gear. The people were not allowed to mourn in peace.
Being related to known revolutionaries should not be justification for attacks by the State.
We demand that the State and its security forces respect the Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect Human Rights and International (CARHRIHL) that clearly states the protection of human rights in the context of the ongoing civil war in the country.###
For reference: Jude Baggo, Secretary General