Ocampo’s Wife Criticizes Her Husband’s Detention

The wife of former Bayan Muna party-list Representative Satur Ocampo on Friday said her husband’s detention in Talaingod, Davao del Norte had been “illegal from start to finish.”

Carolina Malay made the statement at the sidelines of an event in Quezon City as Ocampo remains detained by Talaingod police.

Ocampo and ACT party-list Representative France Castro were charged with kidnapping and failure to return a minor.

“Of course, they cannot keep him indefinitely. Everything has been illegal from start to finish,” Malay told GMA News Online.

She said it is still unclear when authorities would release her husband, who was originally expected to return home by Sunday.

Malay also said she had been able to speak with him a few times over the phone since he was held, the last being on Thursday night, when she heard personnel taking his phone away.

She also shrugged off the charges slapped against her husband and 18 others who joined the mission, saying lawyers were “coming to the rescue.”

Malay, however, said she remains optimistic that it would not be difficult for her husband to spend time in detention after repeatedly being detained and even tortured in the past as a political prisoner.

“He’s used to it. We live a very simple life. Ang dami na naming dinaanan after Martial Law. He was a torture victim and he survived all of that,” she said.

Malay added she refuses to believe that the incident in Talaingod was a “lower-level action.”

Asked further about her suspicions behind the raps filed against her husband, she said: “The regime wants control our minds and our actions and it is forbidden for us to express criticism and to help victims of the State’s repression.”