By DEE AYROSO
Tags: trumped-up charges vs. activists
Among those arrested is a nursing mother who was tending to her two-month-old baby in a hospital when arrested in Oriental Mindoro.
“The recent slapping of trumped-up charges of kidnapping and homicide against us 69 individuals bares the despotic and authoritarian nature of this regime.”
“It would have been hard not to notice this forced confinement. There were no armed guards to restrict their movement.”
A human rights leader who is at the forefront of assisting Lumad victims and evacuees is the latest to be slapped with criminal charges.
“Such documents could only have been obtained by deliberate and systematized acts of surveillance and data-gathering on the part of respondents.”
“We are disgusted at the lengths that the military would go to impede us from seeking and asserting our rights.”
Vilma Yecyec has been a health worker and organizer for the past 30 years. She has also been targeted by the military for that long.
“This is clearly another case of state harassment against progressive leaders and organizations to silence us amid the mounting public clamor for change. What is dangerous is that 101 John Does have been included in the warrant that was used to arrest him.” – Naty Castro, secretary general of Karapatan-Caraga
By RONALYN V. OLEA
“The arrest of Agnes was meant to sow fear among the people in the attempt to plunder the rich mineral resources and displace resisting communities for large-scale mining operations. “ – Rural Missionaries of the Philippines
PRESS RELEASE 24 June 2011 MANILA — Workers led by labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno condemned the revival of trumped-up charges against its legal counsel and 71 other activists mainly from the Southern Tagalog region in a picket held today in front of the Regional Trial Court in San Pablo, Laguna, saying the revival is…