Political prisoners (PPs) are those who are arrested, detained and imprisoned for acts in furtherance of their political beliefs. As a consequence, they are arbitrarily denied their liberty and due process of law. They may be charged with political offenses such as rebellion, sedition and variations thereof.
But more often than not, they are charged with criminal offenses in an effort to deny the political nature of their alleged offenses and to stigmatize them as plain criminals guilty of the most heinous crimes. Political prisoners are slapped with murder, multiple murder, frustrated murder, arson, kidnapping, robbery-in-band, illegal possession of firearms and others. These are mostly non-bailable offenses meant to keep the PPs incarcerated while court hearings proceeded at snail’s pace. Continue reading
Today, September 13, former political prisoners, relatives and friends of political prisoners as well as members of human rights organizations hold a sympathy fast in front of Camp Crame, the headquarters of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the PNP Custodial Center where several of the political prisoners are detained, to reiterate their call to the national government to free all the political prisoners all over the country. Taking off from PNoy’s “marching orders” to the new PNP chief not to let bosses down, Karapatan expressed frustration over the government’s inaction to release political prisoners who are unjustly detained because of fabricated charges. Continue reading
Reference: Angie Ipong, SELDA (0949-9587373)
In time for commemoration of Martial Law
POLITICAL PRISONERS CONDUCT SYMBOLIC FAST FOR FREEDOM; KIN AND SUPPORTERS HOLD SYMPATHY FAST AND PICKET
In time for the commemoration of Martial Law, political prisoners in various detention centers nationwide today started their coordinated actions to call for their immediate release through general, unconditional and omnibus amnesty for all political prisoners, while sympathy fasting and picket were conducted by families, friends and supporters of political prisoners at the gate of Camp Crame in Quezon City. Continue reading