Edgar Cadagat | NDB-Online
Prosecutors, along with the military and the police who are part of the Interagency Legal Action Group (IALAG), filing trumped-up criminal charges against innocent activists and who are consciously aware that what is being done is only persecuting progressives as part of the counter-insurgency strategy of the state, will soon be dealt enough, Bayan Muna partylist Congressman Neri Colmenares, declared in an interview yesterday, with the NNF/NDB and Aksyon Radyo.
The National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) will file administrative and criminal complaints with the Ombudsman against DOJ personnel, military officers and police officials who collaborate in the filing of trumped-up charges against innocent activists, sectoral organizations and partylist political activists with members and officials of human rights defenders’ groups as part of harassments and intimidations against them intended to discourage and dissuade them from pursuing their cause.
“The discussions to be carried out by progressive lawyer will be done in Manila,” Colmenares said.
The filing of complaints against DOJ prosecutors involved along with the two branches of services in the country will be done as soon as warranted and possible. The usual strategy under IALAG is to implicate members of cause-oriented groups and sectoral organizations as well as partylist political parties, in cases including even murder arson and other criminal acts. These are usually done without bail which makes lives of those concerned, difficult in a move to force to concentrate on attending to their cases rather than being cause-oriented activists.
The tactic is to frame-up innocent but committed members of cause-oriented groups, in cases such as criminal acts because murder and other heinous crimes are without bail, those concerned will practically rot in jail and are immobilized.
There was a DOJ circular issued by a previous DOJ official which prohibits the placement of purely fictitious names, usually John or Jane Does and replace these with actual persons, primarily with names of target personalities.
In the province, this has been a practice resorted to by pinpointed DOJ personnel, members of the military and police with names of John Does and Jane Does placed instead of actual names and as soon as those involved in these decide, will add names of innocents, activists or civilians.
This, however, reflects negatively on the “matuwid na daan” clarion call of the administration of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, as an oppressive regime.