“It pains me because in all the cases where I testified in, the courts believed in me except this – Branch 19. I am confused why he was acquitted.”
Day: October 6, 2023
Asked about their plans aside from pursuing legal cases against their abductors, Jonila said their only plan is to continue organizing and be with the masses of the coastal area of Orion, Bataan. “Hopefully we can go back there soon.”
“Jude Thaddeus Fernandez was organizing workers in communities to enjoin them to campaign for wage increases and other workers’ rights. He is a labor organizer and does not bear arms.”
“It is not surprising. It only means that impunity persists.,” Raymond Manalo said.
An official of the Police Regional Office Mimaropa confirmed that the three were under military custody. The humanitarian team, however, were made to wait outside his office as they were informed that the police official was engaged in a meeting with ‘higher-ups.’