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Eight (8) leaders of militant cause-oriented organizations are facing criminal charges in connection with the violence that marred the president’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) last July 27, 2015.

Preliminary Investigation is underway at the Office of the City Prosecutor of Quezon City to determine probable cause against the militant leaders who are tagged as responsible for severe injuries inflicted on two police officers of NCRPO who were performing official duty at the SONA 2015 activities.

Named respondents in docket number XV-03-INV-15H-08838 are Antonio FLORES, Secretary General of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng PIlipinas (KMP); Mark Adrian NG, Hermie MARASIGAN, Perla IPONG, and Renato REYES, all of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN); Arjie MANALO, Secretary General of Gabriela; Vencer CRISOSTOMO of Anakbayan; and Ferdinand GAITE of COURAGE.

The eight respondents are charged for alleged violation of Batas Pambansa 880 (Public Assembly Act of 1985), Serious Illegal Detention (non-bailable), Assault Upon an Agent of Person in Authority, and Robbery, based on the complaints filed by victims Police Chief Inspector Antonio Ananayo Jr and Police Officer 1 Reden Malagonio, both of the Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB) of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO).

In their complaint affidavit, both Ananayo and Malagonio alleged that they were snatched by members of militant organizations that were holding mass actions along Commonwealth Avenue during the SONA.

Investigation by the QCPD revealed that the two PNP personnel were held captive against their will and shoved aboard a passenger jeepney where they were mauled and robbed of their personal belongings.

As a result of the beating, Ananayo sustained life-threatening severe internal head injuries that required surgery to remove blood clots that developed in his brain.

Both Ananayo and Malagonio also suffered multiple bruises, and abrasions in different parts of the body.

The Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (CIDU) of Quezon City Police District investigated and presented the case before the National Prosecution Service. (PNP-PIO)