Artists serve ‘lugaw’ to raise funds for artist-political detainee Ericson Acosta
Richard Gappi | Rizal News Online
May 27, 2012
Fellow artists, cultural workers, human rights advocates and friends of political detainee Ericson Acosta served ‘lugaw’ (rice broth) this afternoon, May 27, to raise funds for his legal defense.
Dubbed ‘Lugawan para sa Kalayaan,’ the event was attended by National Artist for Literature Bien Lumbera, scriptwriter Ricky Lee and Bibeth Orteza, people’s musicians Chickoy Pura and Koyang Jess Santiago, among others.
The event also marked Acosta’s 40th birthday.
Acosta is a former editor of the UP Philippine Collegian. He is also known to his peers at the university as a poet, thespian and songwriter.
He was arrested without warrant by the military on February 13, 2011 in Samar, where he is now detained.
The military claims that Acosta is a member of the New People’s Army. He was charged with illegal possession of explosive.
Acosta, however, said that at the time of his arrest, he was doing human rights work and environmental research for the local group KAPAWA in Western Samar.
“We demand nothing less than the immediate and unconditional release of Ericson. Political persecution and malevolent criminalization of activists have no place in a democracy,” the group’s statement said. (Report and photos by Richard R. Gappi)