“Cha-Cha aiming to extend the term of Aquino and to disempower the Supreme Court poses an immediate threat while economic Cha-Cha poses long-term threats to the welfare of the nation.”
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Citing several Supreme Court decisions, the lawyers argued that the charge of rebellion proscribes the filing of other offenses committed in furtherance of or in connection with rebellion.
Not like other personalities from the revolutionary Left such as Prof. Jose Maria Sison. Luis Jalandoni, Coni Ledesma, Fidel Agcaoili, and the late Tony Zumel, Wilma Austria and Benito Tiamzon were never thrust in the limelight, at least before their March 22 arrest. For the general public and the media, they are enigmatic.
Who are they? What is their background? What shaped them to become revolutionaries? How are they as a couple? How do they think and what are their thoughts about the country?
Their relationship was tempered by difficulties, hardships, living with risks, and the ups and downs of waging a revolution.
“Why should one stop when a lot has to be done to attain radical change not only for Filipinos but for other exploited and oppressed peoples as well?”
“Happiness is in the revolution,” Benito said, smiling. “I could not think of any other life. There is no other way. The revolution is not a burden, an obligation I perform with a heavy heart. It comes out naturally.”
“We are political prisoners who have been charged in violation of the Hernandez doctrine, People vs Hernandez (99 Phil 515,July 18,1956) People vs Geronimo (100 Phil 90,October 13, 1956) and therefore should be freed.” — Tiamzon couple
“We condemn the Armed Forces of the Philippines and PNP [Philippine National Police] units for disregarding Roy Erecre’s NDFP Document of Identification, which he had in his possession upon the illegal arrest. We demand his immediate and unconditional release.” – National Democratic Front of the Philippines
“Great mothers like them should be honored and treasured, not imprisoned and persecuted.”
MANILA – Progressive women’s group Gabriela trooped to Camp Crame of the Philippine National Police on Tuesday, April 22 to demand for the immediate release of National Democratic Front of the Philippines’ consultant Wilma Austria-Tiamzon and Andrea Rosal, daughter of the late spokesman of the Communist Party of the Philippines Gregorio “Ka Roger” Rosal. The…
“The international community finds the filing of dubious and legally untenable charges against the Tiamzon couple as violative of basic criminal law principles and is not only a threat to the peace process but also to due process rights recognized by all civilized nations.” – Edre U. Olalia, NUPL secretary general