The Office of the Ombudsman has found probable cause to file grave threats and light threats charges against the director of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) in Caraga Region for allegedly threatening to have a Mamanwa tribal chieftain shot with a rifle.
In its resolution, the Ombudsman on Monday said NCIP Caraga director Jose Jake Dumagan would be tried for Grave Threats and Light Threats under Articles 282 and 283, respectively, of the Revised Penal Code (RPC).
The Ombudsman said that in March 2017, Dumagan invited Mamanwa chieftain Datu Reynante Buklas to a meeting and allegedly questioned the latter’s decision to discontinue the legal services of former Surigao City Mayor Alfonso Casurra as their tribe’s legal counsel without consulting him.
Quoting complainant Buklas, the antigraft body, said Dumagan, a lawyer threatened to shoot the tribal leader.
“Do you see that rifle, it has a very big scope. I will use that rifle to have you shot in the legs so you will be limped but I will not kill you. You better think of your decision,” Buklas recalled Dumagan as saying, according to the Ombudsman.
Dumagan, who was previously suspended for six months after the antigraft body found him guilty of simple misconduct and conduct unbecoming of a public official in a related administrative case, also threatened to have Buklas replaced as tribal chieftain of the indigenous community in Taganito, Claver, Surigao Del Norte.
“Under Article 282 of the RPC, Grave Threats is committed by any person who shall threaten another with the infliction upon the person, honor, or property of the latter, of any wrong amounting to a crime,” the Ombudsman said in a statement.
“A threat to commit a wrong not constituting a crime, meanwhile, is punished as Light Threats under Article 283 of the RPC,” it added. By GD