Despite the people’s success in bringing home the Balangiga bells, much need to be done to cure ourselves of historical amnesia. — ACT Teachers Partylist
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“The release of Baylosis is a victory, but hundreds more remain languishing in jails across the country. Along with the kin of political prisoners, other human rights advocates, and human rights lawyers, we will continue to work for the dismissal of charges against trumped-up charges against political prisoners.”
Asked how he knew the real names of his alleged former comrades, self-proclaimed rebel returnee and government witness Antonio Panisan said in Cebuano that they sometimes called one another by their real names.
“…we stress that the crime of which Mr. Ampatuan is accused of is of such a heinous nature that the shock and outrage it stirred around the world forced then President Gloria Arroyo to move against the powerful clan that was among her staunchest allies.”
At the time of their arrest, Oliver didn’t carry any bag. Rowena only had a small sling bag which, Karapatan said, could not hold the firearms they supposedly have.
“If these are truly the handiwork of the reconstituted IACLA as some quarters have alleged, then this body requires reexamination as did its predecessor, the Interagency Legal Action Group under Arroyo, which was abolished upon the recommendation of the United Nations.”
“If not for development workers like you, I could just imagine how miserable the country would be right now.”
“Our lawyers have provided and complied with all their supposed requirements.”
Human rights group Karapatan deems the suspension of peace talks as “another indication of the Duterte regime’s disinterest in pursuing and committing to reforms that benefit the Filipino people and in meeting its obligations to release political prisoners.”
A woman’s right advocate in Butuan City and a union leader in Quezon City have been added to the long list of political prisoners arrested and detained under the Duterte administration.
Ni BEN QUILLOY* Libu-libong maliliit na parisukat Sa telang parang banig Na may takdang sukat Isang tusok ng karayom Bawat parisukat Taglay ang tatlong suson Ng sinulid na makulay Pinuputol ng panggupit ng kuko Kapalit ng bawal na gunting Sa liwanag ng ilaw Maghapo’t magdamag na may silaw Sa loob ng maliit na kuwarto Yari…