Esperon, in an interview with Reuters said “the arrest of Echanis is a big blow to the communist movement” and that he had had ordered the military to ensure that the KMP leader will not go out of jail even if the court decides in favor of the alleged CPP leader – a standing order that no matter what happens the AFP will not allow the court to set him free.
“The general is challenging us to a major political, moral and legal showdown, a fight we should engage in until the KMP leader is freed from the hands of the people’s oppressors,” Pahilga said.
Meanwhile, colleagues, friends, family and relatives of Ka Randy will launch Freedom this week to “persistently fight the evil regime and put up a strong political campaign for his immediate release.” and one way of doing this, they said, is to unite and join the people’s campaign for the release of Echanis.
Carl Anthony Ala, KMP information officer told Bulatlat that among those initially tapped to compose Freedom are Echanis’ wife Erlinda Lacaba-Echanis, son Ranmil, daughter Amanda and brother-in-law Jose “Pete” Lacaba, colleagues from KMP headed by Mariano and Ramos, peers in the First Quarter Storm Movement (FQSM), National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera; Dr. Editha Burgos, mother of missing activist Jonas Burgos; Senators Legarda and Madrigal and other friends and personalities in the church, legal and academic sectors supportive of Echanis’ cause for land, truth and justice. Contributed to (Bulatlat.com)