March 2, 2013
Warm greetings of solidarity!
This coming March 7, 2013, at 8 AM, during the hearing of the omnibus motion filed for Randy Vegas and Raul Camposano (THE COURAGE 2), we shall be holding a rally at the Labo, Camarines Norte Hall of Justice to call for the dismissal of the fabricated case against the them.
On December 3, 2012, Randy and Raul, long-time organizers of the Confederation for Unity, Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees (COURAGE), were abducted in Quezon City and Bacoor, Cavite respectively. They were blindfolded, handcuffed, mentally tortured, and incarcerated in Camarines Norte based on trumped up charges of murder, frustrated murder and theft. Recently this January, another fabricated case of theft, multiple, frustrated and attempted murder against them floated. They were accused to be involved in an Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) unit ambush by the New People’s Army in Ifugao in April 25, 2012, mearly four days before the Camarines Norte incident.
The organization believes that this incident was politically motivated and planned based on Oplan Bayanihan, the state’s policy that seeks to neutralize and decimate opposition to government including the legal and democratic peoples’ organizations. After all, this happened in the midst of the campaign and protests against the withheld Collective Negotiations Agreement (CNA) benefits of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) employees’ association, one of the unions to which they were assigned.
COURAGE, its member unions and community leaders, friends and witnesses can attest that Randy and Raul were in Metro Manila, and like other organizers busy in preparation for the big May 1 Labor Day Rally during the last week of April.
We would greatly appreciate your solidarity by supporting our campaign for the immediate release of the COURAGE 2 and by joining the March 7 rally amidst preparations for International Women’s Day on March 8.
The contingent coming from Manila going to Camarines Norte shall meet at 1PM at the COURAGE National Office at 118 Scout Rallos St., Brgy. Sacred Heart, Quezon City on Wednesday, March 6, and shall depart on that day.
For any inquiries, you may contact the COURAGE National Office at 02-9295342 or mobile phone # 0999-4133711 (Theresa).
We fervently hope for your warm response.
Thank you very much.
For the employees and the public, (Sgd) FERDINAND R. GAITE National President