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Rebel leader's son feared kidnapped

Men posing as police officers suspected reporter, Manila

November 7, 2012

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The son of the spokesman of the Cordillera Peoples Democratic Front (CPDF) has been missing since Monday, when he was stopped by men identifying themselves as policemen, human rights group Karapatan announced today. Police officials deny an arrest was carried out and say they do not have Grayson Naogsan, 38, son of CPDF spokesman Simon Naogsan, in custody. According to Karapatan, the younger Naogsan was last seen about 3 pm on Monday when he was taken by five men from a coffee shop in Baguio City. The "policemen" showed Naogsan and his companion what they said was an arrest warrant and told him they would take him to the national police headquarters in Manila. Naogsan called his wife around 5 pm, saying he was being taken to the capital. Rights group Cordillera Human Rights Alliance (CHRA) expressed outrage over the incident. “His family is deeply worried and in distress that they do not know his whereabouts and his condition," said Jude Baggo, secretary-general of CHRA. "We strongly condemn his arrest and that he remains missing.” Related reports Families call for action on disappeared Families of ‘disappeared’ struggle to memorialize loved ones
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