PDEA agent from Bontoc still missing, community appeals for help
Bontoc, Mountain Province– The people of Bontoc join the family of a missing agent of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in appealing to concerned government agencies to hasten the investigation of his whereabouts.
On the evening of June 25, 2021, PDEA Investigation Officer I Merton Fesway, a native of Bontoc, Mountain Province was allegedly abducted by “state agents” outside the PDEA Office in Angeles City, Pampanga.
As of this writing, his whereabouts remain unknown which deeply worries not only his family members but also the local government as well as the townspeople.
In an effort to help, the Sangguniang Bayan passed a resolution appealing to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Commission on Human Rights (CHR), Philippine National Police (PNP), PDEA, and other appropriate agencies to investigate and shed light on the incidents that led to Fesway’s disappearance.
Sympathizing with the family and the Bontoc community, Bontoc Mayor Franklin Odsey immediately approved the resolution.
With the unfortunate incident, Odsey appeals to the public to lend a helping hand to locate the missing son of the municipality.
“The Og-ogfo (Bayanihan) and panag-isakit isnan ib-a have been trademarks of our culture as Ifontok. During this trying time, may I also ask everyone to continue praying so that at the earliest possible time, we could locate our kailyan,” the mayor added.
The sudden disappearance of the PDEA agent has been circulating on social media and other media platforms with his family members appealing to the public to help in locating his whereabouts.
Meanwhile, family members, relatives, and members of the Bontoc community traveled to Pampanga on July 5, 2021, in search of the missing PDEA agent. ** Christy Che-es & Alpine L. Killa, Bontoc-LGU