“Political prisoners are a symbol of unpeace and injustice. They must be freed.”
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By DEE AYROSO
“While we have to contend with this reality, it is so hard to accept. While we comprehend the rotten system from which these illegal arrests are being made, the imprisonment of these good people, inncocent of any crime they are being accused of is just beyond logic and reason.”
Maoj Maga, 39, has been put through misery in several congested prisons as well as a quarantine-isolation cell when he has not committed any crime.
You don’t have to cry in front of me to let me know how painful it is that your mom and your father are both in jail. When you were still a child, you’ve been asking me why I can’t be like other ordinary moms, similar to the mothers of your classmates – they work 8am to 5pm, see their children off to school, attend PTA meetings, etc. I know now you understand why I’m not ordinary like them. It was even you who said I must have been a superwoman or Darna for doing all the things I did for the people while taking care of our family.
“He had been awaiting his next hearing in June 2019 for possible dismissal of the rest, for failure to prosecute.”
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
“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.