According to the human rights group, Campos who is also a member of the progressive group Malahutayong Pakigbisog Alang sa Sumusunod (MAPASU), was on his way to a review facility for the upcoming Licensure Examination for Teachers when police officers brought him to Butuan City Police Station. The illegal case is yet to be verified as of the moment.
The Department of Education recognizes Campos as a volunteer teacher at a local school in Tandag City. He finished his education degree at St. Theresa's College-Tandag, through the assistance of the Indigenous Peoples Apostolate Scholarship program of the Diocese of Tandag.
Panaghiusa Philippine Network denounces the illegal case against Campos. To help provide basic service to Filipinos and defend Indigenous Peoples' ancestral domain against development aggression are not criminal acts.
We call on rights defenders to stand with Indigenous Peoples to protect their rights to self-determination and ancestral lands and welfare. We urge the Philippine government to drop all trumped-up charges against Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders.
Karapatan Caraga reports Philippine National Police Caraga's arrest of Lumad-Manobo teacher, Gary S. Campos, over a trumped-up charge in Tandag City, Surigao del Sur, July 17.