Flon Faurillo /
State of Wretchedness
What was done to Bayan
Muna (People First) Rep. Satur Ocampo – roused from sleep at dawn on March
19 and dragged into a plane that would have brought him to Leyte, where
spurious multiple murder charges are filed against him and others – can be
taken as a measure of the depths to which the country’s political
situation has descended. Ocampo is accused of having personally supervised
the execution of members of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New
People’s Army (CPP-NPA) in Inopacan, Leyte in 1984 – even as he is known
to have been in maximum-security detention at the time the alleged
killings took place. The haphazard filing of the case and the manner by
which his police custodians treated him – a duly-elected official whose
alleged guilt has yet to be proven – in trying to force his transfer to
Leyte graphically shows the wretchedness to which the country’s political
situation has sunk.
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