Day: July 21, 2009

“My continued detention shows that the Government of the Republic of the Philippines is not serious in lifting the suspension of the Jasig. There is political pressure to keep me in jail. But they are no match against the mass movement who spared no effort in their support,” Principe said. View pictures. Watch video.

Principe Finally Freed from Camp Crame Jail
Military Blocks Release of Political Prisoner

Relatives and friends of Elizabeth Principe, the political prisoner released this afternoon from Camp Crame, held a protest rally in front of the police headquarters to demand Principe’s freedom. In picture if Evangeline Hernandez, secretary-general of Hustisya!, a group of families of victims of human-rights abuses. (Photos by Ronalyn V. Olea / Lorena Santos,…

Elizabeth Principe’s release followed a protest by supporters today in front of Camp Crame, the headquarters of the Philippine National Police, and after Principe held a brief hunger strike to denounce the military’s attempt to prevent her from being freed despite a court order dismissing all charges against her.

Earlier: Military Blocks Release of Political Prisoner

MANILA — Melissa Roxas, the American activist who was kidnapped and tortured allegedly by Filipino soldiers in May, arrived from the United States last night to pursue her case against her captors. In a press conference at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Roxas said she returned to the Philippines to pursue her case, not just…