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By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO
Of the 284 political prisoners in the Philippines, 257 were arrested and detained under the present regime’s Oplan Bantay Laya. In a statement, Selda said the militarist approach of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has scuttled the peace talks between the government and the Moro secessionist groups in Mindanao and the New People’s Army.

By RONALYN V. OLEA
“This is a grotesque and irresponsible display of insensitivity to the Filipino people who suffered and have been victimized under Martial Law,” Marie Hilao-Enriquez, a martial law victim and secretary general of Selda, said of the tribute by the Cultural Center of the Philippines to the wife of the dictator Marcos.

BY BULATLAT An organization of political prisoners added its voice to the condemnation of Mrs. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s issuance of executive clemency to convicted murderer Claudio Teehankee. Donato Continente, spokesperson for political prisoners of Selda (Society of Ex-Detainees against Detention and for Amnesty), said, “How easy it is for this government to free a child killer…

Even without martial law, the Macapagal-Arroyo government has arrested and detained hundreds of activists. Worse, most political prisoners have been slapped with trumped-up criminal charges. BY RONALYN V. OLEA HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH Bulatlat Human rights group Karapatan’s (Alliance for the Advancement of Human Rights) records show that there are 218 political prisoners in the country…

BY BULATLAT September 15, 2008 – 2:18 p.m. Relatives of political prisoners and members of Tagaytay 5 held a protest in front of the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) today around 10:30 a.m. They demanded the release of all political prisoners in the country. Tagaytay 5 is a collective term referring to five farmers namely…

Randall Echanis, of the militant peasant organization the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas, is not the only political prisoner of the Arroyo regime. There are currently 240 prisoners in detention by the count of Samahan ng mga Ex-Detainee Laban sa Detensyon at para sa Amnestiya (SELDA), an organization dedicated to helping political prisoners. BY LARISSA MAE…

BY BULATLAT Posted 12:55 a.m. March 19, 2007 Rep. Satur Ocampo was still flown to Leyte at 11:54 am today accompanied by Bobbie Malay, his wife, Rep. Teddy Casino and Bayan Muna staff, and the PNP custodial team. He will be brought back to Manila after the PNP receives the order by Judge Ephraim Abando…