Last Thursday, February 23, custodial forces led by the chief of the PNP Camp Crame Custodial Center himself, P/Supt. Cesar Magsino, launched a sudden search operation into our detention cells.
It was obvious that the old fashoined typewriters that we NDF peace consultants detained here have been using were the foremost target of the operation. Right at the onset of the search operation, the officer on duty for the day informed us that our typewriters were specifically ordered by their commanding officer to be seized. Our typewriters were in fact the very first things to be confiscated in the operation. Just to make an apperance that they were conducting a general search operation, they also perfunctorily, arbitrarily, and inconsistently seized from other prisoners at random a few empty bottles, empty cans, metal eating utensils and a portable DVD player. Continue reading
In a complaint letter sent to the National Democratic Front peace panel, Office of the Presidential Assistant to the Peace Process (OPAPP), Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and Sec. Jesse Robredo of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), political prisoner and NDFP peace consultant Alan Jazmines complained of confiscation of the typewriters used by the peace consultants detained at the PNP Custodial Center, Camp Crame.
The incident took place on February 23, when, according to Jazmines,” the chief of the custodial center, P/Supt. Cesar Magsino ordered a sudden intensive search of all detention cells at the custodial center.” The typewriters were said to be “confiscated right at the onset of the search.” Continue reading
“With the recent offer of the Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform (PEPP) to be guarantors for the release of political detainees who are covered by the Joint Agreement for the Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG), we see no reason why the Aquino government should further delay the release of the 12 NDFP consultants and immediately resume the peace talks,” said Marie Hilao-Enriquez, chairperson of Karapatan. Continue reading
Group conducts solidarity action for political prisoners in hunger strike
The Samahan ng mga Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA), an organization of former political prisoners of the country, staged today a solidarity jail visit cum protest with 16 political prisoners of Compostela Valley Provincial Jail who led the week-long hunger strike and noise barrage.
The 16 political prisoners and 547 inmates occupied the rooftop of provincial jail conducting hunger strike and noise barrage to press their legitimate demands to both local and national governments. This is the second time when the political prisoners and inmates united their ranks in protest since the government did not heed their calls during the first hunger strike last October. Continue reading
“The Armed Forces of the Philippines has yet to lift a finger to help locate the fugitive former Gen. Jovito Palparan, Jr. yet, its hand on the hasty transfer of political prisoner Ramon Patriarca from Danao City Jail to a military stockade in the AFP-Central Command in Camp is obvious. The AFP should stop denying about their rights abuses as it keeps its eyes closed to Palparan’s whereabouts; coddles Lt. Col. Felipe Anotado and SSgt. Edgardo Osorio, Palparan’s co-accused; and instead continues to target people whom it perceives as their enemies,” said Marie Hilao-Enriquez, chairperson of Karapatan. Continue reading
Former political prisoners led by the Samahan ng Ex-detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto today welcomed the recently filed resolution of some 38 congresspersons strongly urging Pres. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III “to grant general, unconditional, and omnibus amnesty to political prisoners…who are victims of political repression and charged or convicted of political and/or common crimes on acts in furtherance of their political beliefs.” Continue reading
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