Philippine National Police (PNP) Central Luzon Director Brig. Gen. Rhodel Sermonia clarified that the confiscation of copies of the alternative news magazine Pinoy Weekly in Bulacan was not a raid.
“There was no raid. [The materials] were voluntarily surrendered to the police,” Sermonia said in a separate press briefing at Camp Olivas, the regional police headquarters in Pampanga province.
Lea Maralit, Kadamay chapter president in Pandi, asked for police assistance regarding the materials.
Sermonia said Maralit feared that they would be used during the State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte. The police chief said that Kadamay supports the government’s fight against insurgency.
PNP Chief Police Gen. Archie Gamboa stood by his men’s claim that the “subversive” materials they took were surrendered contrary to what was being passed around that police raided the Kadamay office in Bulacan.