June 12, 2012
My dear friends,
Hours after my hearing yesterday afternoon, I decided to lift my eleven-day hunger strike.
By then, it was already clear that our February 16, 2012 ‘Manifestation and Motion to Direct Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) to Comply with the Order dated January 30, 2012 that should supposedly effect my transfer from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Central Command’s Camp Lapu-lapu to the Provincial Government’s CPDRC would remain unresolved. The reason? The Prosecutor handling the case during the last three years had been suddenly replaced by a new one who is barely familiar with the case. Worse, the prosecution has failed to file its ‘Comment’ on our four-month old motion seeking my temporary transfer of detention to a civilian facility.
This, and the fact that the AFP refuses to bring me back to CPDRC in view of the January 30, 2012 Order that I should be temporarily detained at that civilian facility, while the CPDRC itelf remains adamant in its position not to re-take my custody, ensure my longer stay at the same military camp where I was tortured more than three years ago immediately after my abduction.
Nevertheless, my eleven-day hunger strike was a success where it truly mattered.
It helped project the plight of political prisoners (PPs) at a time when President Aquino and his men vehemently deny we even exist. More importantly, it further exposed the continuing bias of the legal system against PPs and other victims of human rights violations.
I would like to thank everybody who made possible the success of my eleven-day hunger strike: my former co-inmates at Danao City Jail, especially PP Alberto Acerdin and fourteen other non-PPs who held the June 9-11, 2012 sympathy fast; Karapatan which led a picket/symbolic fast before Camp Lapu-lapu last June 8, 2012; the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL), SELDA, the mass media, my family, and all friends of human rights victims.
Let me assure you all that wherever and however I am detained I will always continue my role as a political detainee : to help improve the conditions of all my co-inmates, to help in the campaign for the release of all political prisoners, and to help advance the GPH-NDF peace efforts.
SGD. RAMON M. PATRIARCA
Camp Lapu-lapu, AFP Central Command Headquarters
Lahug, Cebu City