Suot ang kulay peach na arm band bilang pagsuporta sa tatlong impeachment complain na isinampa laban kay Noynoy Aquino, nagmartsa sa loob ng New Bilibid Prison ang mga bilanggong pulitikal bitbit ang streamer at plakard na may panawagang “Palayain ang Lahat ng Bilanggong Pulitikal!” at pagpapanagot sa mga nakinabang sa Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). Namahagi rin sila ng mga polyeto sa mga kapwa nakakulong, mga lider ng mga selda, at maging sa opisina ng NBP.
KAMING MGA BILANGGONG PULITIKAL dito sa Maximum Security Compound ay mahigpit na kumukondena sa patuloy na pagdala ng baluktot na paninindigan ng kasalukuyang gobyerno na nagsasamantala at nang-aapi. Walang maaasahan ang mga mamamayan sa katiyakan na mapapanagot at maigagawad ang sapat na kaparusahan sa lahat na sangkot sa kasuklam-suklam na pandarambong at paglustay sa salapi mula sa buwis ng taong bayan at kabang yaman ng bansa at paglalapat ng tunay, patas na hustisya’t katarungan sa buong bansa. Kung patuloy na maghihintay sa katugunan na Papet at Reaksyonaryong Gobyerno, na kung saan ang mismong pangunahing Lider nito at mga miyembro ng Gabinete ay patuloy na nagdedepensa at nagtatanggol sa iligal na paggastos ng salapi mula sa kabang yaman ng bansa, na kung saan walang pakundangan din nitong binalewala at nilalapastangan ang sagradong disisyon ng Kataas-taasang Hukuman (SC).
Malaking dagok sa maraming bilang naghihikahos na mamamayan at mga mamamayan na dugo’t pawis ang puhunan sa pagpapakahirap sa marangal na hanap-buhay ang hindi tutuldukan na Sistema ng Korapsyon sa loob mismo ng gobyerno na kung saan ang ilegal na sistemang ito ay legal na naisakatuparan sa paraan ng panlilinlang, pag-aabuso sa kapangyaarihan at baluktot sa nilalaman ng Saligang Batas ng Bansa, kaalinsabay din nito ang hindi katanggap-tanggap na espesyal na pagtrato sa lahat na sangkot Pork Barrel Scam, habang ang mga Political Prisoners at Common Prisoners ay patuloy na dumaranas ng napakahirap na kalagayan at hindi patas na pag-trato sa loob ng mga regular na piitan. Dahil sa kawalan ng sinsiridad mismo ng Gobyernong Nasyonal na ipatupad ang libre, sapat at maayos na makataong serbisyong pang-piitan, gayundin ang hindi natitinag na sistema ng diskriminasyon sa pagbibigay ng mga pribilihiyo at pagkilala sa mga karapatan ng mga konbiktado at ditinado.
Naninindigan ang mga Bilanggong Pulitikal na ang sistema ng korapsyon sa loob ng Papet at Reaksyonaryong Gobyerno ang pinagmumulan ng iba’t-ibang uri ng kasamaan at kaguluhan na maaring tumungo sa krisis pampulitika at ekonomiya sa pinakamalalang kalagayan, kaya marapat din bigyan ng sinsiridad ang pagkakaroon ng makabuluhang usapang pangkapayapaan na tumutukoy sa pinag-uugatan ng malago ng paghihirap, pandarahas sa buhay ng mamamayan at walang humpay na armadong tunggalian sa bansa.
Panagutin at ipiit ang lahat ng sangkot sa Pandarambong at Paglustay ng salapi mula sa kabang yaman ng Bansa!
Muling buksan ang makabuluhang usapang pangkapayapaan ng NDFP at GPH!
Palayain ang lahat ng Bilanggong Pulitikal!
BILANGGONG PULITIKAL Maximum Security Compound Muntinlupa City
MANILA, Philippines- Hundreds of political prisoners in the country started fasting on Friday until the State of the Nation Address (Sona) of President Benigno Aquino III on Monday.
“Political prisoners will start their fast today that will last until Aquino’s SONA on Monday to show their disgust to the government,” Cristina Palabay, secretary general of Karapatan said.
On Friday, militant groups from Karapatan and Selda staged a protest rally at the Philippine National Police Headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City, to demand the release of all political prisoners in the country.
Members of the militant groups held prison bars with photos of political prisoners demanding for their release and to jail lawmakers who pocketed billions of money through the controversial Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) and the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).
Palabay said Camp Crame has 12 political prisoners, including National Democratic Front leaders Benito and Wilma Tiamzon.
She said 400 political prisoners were detained across the country.
She condemned the special treatment accorded to rich and influential prisoners while political prisoners continue to languish in jails for years.
“The detention of activists and those perceived as enemies of the state and their condition inside jail poses a stark contrast with how Aquino treats the plunderers,” she said.
In a joint statement, political prisoners said, ” In our four-day fast, we want our voices be heard in condemning President Aquino for his sins against the people, especially his brutal counter-insurgency campaign, Oplan Bayanihan, his economic program the Public-Private Partnership and the DAP, his way of siphoning off the nation’s coffer.”
The militant groups said they would also stage protests on Monday when Aquino reports to the Filipinos his fourth Sona.
Ilang SONA o State of the Nation Address na ang napakinggan namin, ang Batangas 6 mula kay Benigno Aquino III habang nakapiit sa loob ng mahigit apat na taon sa Batangas Provincial Jail at tulad pa rin ng dati, ito’y nagmimistulang isang sirang plaka na paulit-ulit na pinatutugtog ng kanyang rehimen upang patuloy na paniwalain at bilugin ang kamalayan ng sambayanan sa mga kasinungalingan ng diumao’y tuwid na daan.
Muli na naman tayong binigo ng kasalukuyang administrasyon. Patuloy tayong pinauulanan ng mga kasinungalingan, ng mga pangakong napapako, at sa halip na mga solusyon at aksyon ay malinaw na sa palala at sa pabulusok na kalagayan ang inihahain nito sa bansa. Kung noong SONA 2013 ay ipinahayag nito ang diumano’y pag wang-wang sa korapsyon at diumano’y pagpapanagot nito sa mga tiwaling upisyal ng gubyerno, sa taong ito naungkat ang tunay na umaalingasaw na baho ng kanyang administrasyon nang lumantad ang isyu ng PDAF at ang DAP kung saan nasasamantala ni Aquino ang paglalaan sa pondo ng bayan sa mga samu’t-saring kwestonableng proyektong hindi naman talaga napakinabangan ng mamamayan at kailanman hindi nakatulong sa masidhing problema ng mamamayan sa matataas na presyo ng bilihin, kawalan ng trabaho, lupa, tirahan, edukasyon, at sa halip ay lalong lumala ang abang kalagayan ng sambayanan. Ito ay sa kabila ng deklarasyon ng Korte Suprema na labag sa Saligang Batas ang DAP.
Patuloy pa rin ang pagtalikod nito sa usapin ng paglapat ng tunay na solusyon sa pangmatagalang kapayapaan sa bansa. Walang itong interes na ipagpatuloy ang usapang pangkapayapaan sa pagitan ng NDFP at ng kanyang gubyerno. Wala pa rin itong napapanagot sa mga tunay na kriminal na lumapastangan sa karapatang-tao ng mamamayan, wala pang naililitaw sa mga desaparecidos, wala pang napapanagot sa mga biktima ng ekstra-hudisyal na pagpatay at wala pang pinalalaya ni isa sa mahigit 400 bilanggong pulitikal sa bansa.
Ilan lamang ito sa napakadaming kasalanan ng Aquino sa mamamayan, at sa pagsapit ng araw ng kanyang SONA, pihadong hahaba lamang ang listahan ng kanyang mga kasinungalingan. Patuloy nating kinukundena si Aquino at kasabay ang mamamayan ipinapanawagan ng Batangas 6 na i-impeach si Aquino sa kanyang kapabayaan, korapsyon, kasinungalingan at paglabag sa saligang batas! Sapat na ang ilang taong panlilinlang at panloloko ng kanyang administrasyon. Wakasan na natin ang patuloy na pagpapahirap ni Aquino sa sambayanan at panagutin ito sa pagnanakaw sa yaman ng bansa at sa pagsasawalambahala sa mga karapatan, interes at panawagan ng mamamayan para sa hustisya, katotohanan, kapayapaan at kalayaan! Kaya sa darating na Hunyo 28, ipinapanawagan ng Batangas 6 sa mamamayang Pilipino na lumahok, tumayo, kumilos at ipahayag ang kanilang galit sa napakaraming anomalya, kasinungalingan at kasalanan ng rehimeng Aquino sa sambayanan at sama-sama nating igiit ang hustisya, karapatan at kalayaan!
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PATALSIKIN SI AQUINO!
I-IMPEACH SI AQUINO!
IPAGPATULOY ANG USAPANG PANGKAPAYAPAAN SA PAGITAN NG NDFP AT NG GPH!
PALAYAIN ANG BATANGAS 6 AT ANG LAHAT NG BILANGGONG PULITIKAL!
MANILA, Philippines — (UPDATE – 3:23 p.m.) Political prisoners began a fast Friday that will last until Monday, when President Benigno Aquino III delivers his fifth State of the Nation Address, the human rights organization Karapatan said.
Joining the fast are detainees in Camp Crame, who include Benito Tiamzon, alleged chairman of the Communist Party of the Philippines, his wife Wilma Austria, and National Democratic Front consultants Eduardo Serrano and Renante Gamara; the New Bilibid Prison; and the Taguig City jail’s female dormitory at Camp Bagong Diwa, where Andrea Rosal, daughter of the late rebel spokesman Gregorio “Ka Roger” Rosal, is incarcerated.
Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay said the fast was meant to underscore the political prisoners’ “disgust” with the Aquino administration.
The Taguig detainees are also expected to stage a march inside the jail compound to protest “Aquino’s misuse of public funds through the creation of DAP (Disbursement Acceleration Program),” key provisions of which the Supreme Court has declared unconstitutional.
“Ang patuloy na pagdepensa at pagtatanggol ng papet na rehimeng US-Aquino sa kasuklam-suklam na paglustay ng salapi mula sa kabang yaman ng bansa, dapat itong panagutin sa pamamagitan ng pagsasampa ng kasong kriminal, pagpapatalsik sa pwesto at paglalagay sa loob ng piitan,” (The continued defense of the US-Aquino regime of the disgusting plunder of public coffers should be held to account through criminal prosecution, ouster and jail),” a statement from the Taguig detainees said.
Also on Friday, Karapatan and the Samahan ng Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto staged protest actions at Camp Crame and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process to demand the release of political prisoners and the punishment of plunderers.
“The detention of activists and those perceived as ‘enemies of the state’ and their condition inside jails poses a stark contrast with how the BS Aquino treats the plunderers, especially the beneficiaries (and) defenders of the presidential pork. It is Aquino’s way of asserting his ‘ignorance’ in the said crime,” Palabay said in a statement.
At the OPAPP protest, Karapatan questioned the DAP funds given to the agency, P1.819 billion in 2011 and P248 million the next year, aside from its regular budget.
“Is the OPAPP deliberately evading public scrutiny by not including their proposed projects for proper allocation in the GAA? Did they find DAP as a way to evade scrutiny for the large amount of money that goes to OPAPP?” Palabay said.
She cited OPAPP’s acknowledgment that the 2012 funds were not included in the list of DAP-funded projects released by Malacanang.
At the same time, she said the huge outlay to the OPAPP, “supposedly spent for the peace initiatives of the government did not translate in concrete gains for the people. At best, only allies of the administration benefited from the DAP funds.”
Palabay derided the government’s peace initiatives as “a business venture rather than a sincere effort to go into the root causes of the armed conflict and solve poverty, landlessness and joblessness.”
She also blasted the P264 million given to the Cordillera People’s Liberation Army and the P31 million to the Revolutionary Proletarian Army, former rebel groups that signed peace pacts with government but which the Karapatan official said had transformed into “paramilitary groups” accused of human rights abuses.
“The peace process should serve the interests of the majority of our people and not just a few groups that sow terror,” she said. “Through DAP the money stolen from the people are used against them. With OPAPP, it becomes worse as paying lip service to the peace process only denies the people of a venue where their basic social and economic problems can be discussed and solved.”
“Whether true or imagined sickness, Gigi Reyes’ swift hospitalization without need of a court order is another showcase of the government’s soft spot for those accused of plunder,” said Jigs Clamor, spokesperson of SELDA (Samahan ng mga Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto).
“Nag-hysteria lang dinala na sa ospital,” was how prisoners at the female dorm of CBD described the brief stay of Reyes at the Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City.
Reyes arrived at the CBD female dormitory at around 11:00 p.m. on July 9. “She did not even see her cell when Reyes went into hysterics.” She is now at the Taguig-Pateros Hospital, supposedly for anxiety attack, dyspepsia, heart problem and hypertension.
“If such ailment were the bases for Reyes’ hospitalization then the 50 other ailing political prisoners should be accorded the same. Most of them are elderly, too. Based on our experience, it takes at least a month for the court to process our motion for medical check-up. What happened to Andrea Rosal and her daughter Diona is still fresh in our collective memory,” Clamor said.
Several political prisoners died in jail because of inadequate, if not lack of medical attention. Despite persistent request of hospitalization, Allison Alcantara was only brought to the Philippine General Hospital when he went into coma. In September 2013, he died of fatal arrhythmia, sepsis and health-care associated pneumonia. Crisanto Fat also died of heart attack in September 2011.
Currently, SELDA has a long list of political prisoners who need proper medical attention. Among them are:
- Benny Barid – Pale and very thin, he is suffering from chronic asthma. After suffering from a series of asthma attacks, he has been in and out at the NBP Infirmary. He cannot stand up by himself and needs a wheelchair for mobility. Fellow political prisoners support his medical needs. His prolonged stay at the NBP Hospital makes him more vulnerable to various diseases.
- Rolando Pañamogan – In 2009, he was admitted twice, first at the NBP Hospital, and second at the Philippine General Hospital. He was diagnosed with thyroid dysfunction and pneumonia related to tuberculosis. He recovered from the said illnesses but was later diagnosed with hepatitis B and diabetes. His diabetes and asthma need more than first aid.
- The Alegre couple, Jesus and Moreta – both in their late 60s, are languishing in jail for almost 10 years now. The elderly couple’s imprisonment has made them sickly. Both are suffering from hypertension and arthritis. Moreta has a weak heart and moves very slowly. Their imprisonment has separated them from each other – Jesus and Selman are at the NBP Maximum Security Compound in Muntinlupa, while Moreta is at the Correctional Institute for Women in Mandaluyong City.
- Gerardo dela Peña is 75 years old. Despite his age, he was sentenced to lifetime imprisonment last year due to trumped-up charges of murder. After his arrest on March 2013, it took the court only 10 months to pin down Dela Peña. At his old age, his eyes are blurring. He also has poor hearing. He is detained at the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) Reception and Diagnostic Center, awaiting transfer to the NBP Maximum Security Compound.
- Ramon Argente – had a triple heart bypass operation in 2013. After the surgery, he was brought back in detention at the PNP Custodial Center. He remains in a fragile condition, as he still experience difficulty in breathing and chest pains. Argente was undergoing medication when he was arrested. His health worsened while detained at the Camarines Norte Provincial Jail. It took six months before his motion for hospitalization was granted. ###
Reference: Roneo Clamor, SELDA spokesperson, 0917-5965859
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MANILA, Philippines — The hospitalization of lawyer Jessica Lucila “Gigi” Reyes for a panic attack she suffered over fears of being detained with suspected communist rebels proves the government’s double standards in dealing with prisoners, rights activists and lawyers said Friday.
The Samahan ng mga Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto, which advocates political prisoners’ rights, noted that there are around 50 ailing detainees, a number of them elderly, who languish in jail without proper medical care, and that some have, in fact, died because of this.
Among the most recent cases are the deaths of the daughter of Andrea Rosal, incarcerated although she was eight months pregnant when she was arrested, soon after she was born in May, Bilibid prisoner Allison Alcantara who was rushed to the Philippine General Hospital only after he went into a coma from which he did not recover in September last year, and Crisanto Fat who died of a heart attack in a Negros Occidental jail.
Rosal, daughter of the late communist rebel spokesman Gregorio “Ka Roger” Rosal, was cleared of kidnapping with murder charges by the Pasic regional trial court but remains detained because of a pending murder charge before a court in Quezon province.
Reyes, who is accused with her former boss, Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, of plunder and graft over the pork barrel scam, was admitted to the Taguig-Pateros Hospital late Tuesday night as she was being transferred to the female dormitory of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology in Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City on orders of the Sandiganbayan.
She has filed a motion for reconsideration of her commitment order, citing concerns over being locked up with nine alleged female rebels.
“Whether true or imagined sickness, Gigi Reyes’ swift hospitalization without need of a court order is another showcase of the government’s soft spot for those accused of plunder,” SELDA spokesman Jigs Clamor said.
He noted that it takes a month, on the average, for courts to process motions filed by political detainees to undergo medical examinations.
On the other hand, Rosal’s lawyer Edre Olalia said Reyes appeared “out of touch with reality and seems delusional” and suggested it might do Enrile’s chief of staff good to actually know and talk to the political prisoners.
Reyes was a known student activist when she studied at the University of the Philippines.
“If she sees her own demons in the company of principled, rational and dignified political prisoners she pejoratively labels as NPAs (New People’s Army) all, then she should really seek some professional help. They should not be the ones in jail in the first place,” Olalia, who is also secretary general of the National Union of People’s Lawyers, said.
“She might be jolted and humbled if she eventually discovers that these people she disdains and looks down at could probably be the most simple, humane, merciful and selfless people she could find. She might even be enlightened what the proximate cause is of the decrepit, filthy, infernal and squalid little hells we call jails,” he added.
“If contrived or feigned, then this is comical. If real, then by all means, let a doctor see her and give her immediate, necessary and appropriate medical care. But the rich and famous are not the only children of a greater god,” Olalia said of Reyes’ panic attack.
He also suggested a “medical convention of experts to validate the direct correlation between detention and worrisome illnesses and health disorders that affect only the rich. This is alarming already.”
SELDA said it holds “a long list of political prisoners who need proper medical attention,” and named some of them as:
Benny Barid – Pale and very thin, he is suffering from chronic asthma. After suffering from a series of asthma attacks, he has been in and out at the NBP Infirmary. He cannot stand up by himself and needs a wheelchair for mobility. Fellow political prisoners support his medical needs. His prolonged stay at the NBP Hospital makes him more vulnerable to various diseases.
Rolando Pañamogan – In 2009, he was admitted twice, first at the NBP Hospital, and second at the Philippine General Hospital. He was diagnosed with thyroid dysfunction and pneumonia related to tuberculosis. He recovered from the said illnesses but was later diagnosed with hepatitis B and diabetes. His diabetes and asthma need more than first aid.
The Alegre couple, Jesus and Moreta – both in their late 60s, are languishing in jail for almost 10 years now. The elderly couple’s imprisonment has made them sickly. Both are suffering from hypertension and arthritis. Moreta has a weak heart and moves very slowly. Their imprisonment has separated them from each other — Jesus and Selman are at the NBP Maximum Security Compound in Muntinlupa, while Moreta is at the Correctional Institute for Women in Mandaluyong City.
Gerardo dela Peña, 75 – Despite his age, he was sentenced to lifetime imprisonment last year due to trumped-up charges of murder. After his arrest on March 2013, it took the court only 10 months to pin down Dela Peña. At his old age, his eyes are blurring. He also has poor hearing. He is detained at the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) Reception and Diagnostic Center, awaiting transfer to the NBP Maximum Security Compound.
Ramon Argente – had a triple heart bypass operation in 2013. After the surgery, he was brought back to detention at the PNP Custodial Center. He remains in fragile condition, as he still experiences difficulty in breathing and chest pains. Argente was undergoing medication when he was arrested. His health worsened while detained at the Camarines Norte Provincial Jail. It took six months before his motion for hospitalization was granted.