DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/18 January) — Relatives of the media victims in the November 23 Ampatuan Massacre will troop to the Office of the Deputy Ombdusman for Mindanao at 1 p.m. Tuesday to file an administrative complaint against Major General Alfredo Cayton, the 6th Infantry Division commander who was relieved from his post days later and recently promoted to Army vice commander. The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) Davao City chapter in an advisory said the relatives, with the assistance of the Center for International Law (Centerlaw) will file the complaint against Cayton for “dereliction of duties, gross negligence and acts of oppression.”
Complaints against the military are actually filed before the Office of the Deputy Ombudsman for the Military and other Law Enforcement Offices which has no office in this city. The Ombudsman for Military’s office is in Quezon City.
Col. Medardo Geslani, who was also relieved as 601st brigade commander, will reportedly be promoted to Brigadier General, as Deputy J7, a position requiring a star rank.
Earlier, ten widows of the slain journalists led by Myrna, widow of Manila Bulletin reporter Alejandro
“Bong” Reblando, manifested their objection to his promotion before the Commission on Appointments (CA).
The widows said Cayton should not be promoted because he failed to act on a request for security for the journalists last Nov. 23.
The NUJP urged media colleagues to wear black “as an expression of our solidarity for the continuing fight for justice.” (MindaNews)