Guard mistaken for NPA man sues Army, PNP men
MANILA - A security guard who was arrested last year after being mistaken for a ranking New People's Army leader has sued several military and police officials behind his arrest.
Security guard Rolly Panesa formally charged several military and police officers of torture, unlawful arrest, perjury and incriminatory machination before the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday.
The case is in connection with Panesa's arrest on Oct. 5, 2012 and his detention for a period of almost eleven months in Camp Bagong Diwa, when he was "wrongfully tagged as Benjamin Mendoza, an alleged high-ranking officer of the New People's Army (NPA)," the complaint read.
Named as respondents in the torture and unlawful arrest case were Maj Gen Alan Luga, former Commanding Officer (CO) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines' (AFP) Southern Luzon Command; Maj Gen Eduardo del Rosario, CO of the 2nd Infantry Division of the Philippine Army; P/CSupt James Andres Melad, former Philippine National Police (PNP) Regional Director for Region IV; P/SSupt Manuel Abu, Regional Intelligence Office chief, PNP Region IV; P/CInsp Reynaldo Mendoza of the PNP Region IV Regional Intelligence Office; P/Insp Bonifacio Guevarra; SPO1 Christopher Flores, PO2 Ariel Dela Cruz, PO2 Joseph Fernandez, and PO1 Ellior De Lima.
Col. Generoso Bolina, AFP Southern Luzon Command spokesman; Luis Grajo Rayos, Micheal Rojo Alvarado, and Erwin Rosales, allegedly rebel returnees, were charged with perjury.
It may be recalled that a P5.6 million reward was given to the "informant" who identified Panesa as Mendoza.
The Court of Appeals (CA) had ruled that Panesa' case was a case of mistaken identity as it granted his petition for writ of habeas corpus.
Panesa was accompanied to the DOJ by his counsels from the National Union of People's Lawyers (NUPL) and Karapatan.
NUPL and Karapatan urged the DOJ to immediately resolve the case.