Political prisoners all over the country hold hunger strikes,

solidarity fasts for immediate release of Morong 43 and all political prisoners

 

Misamis Orienta

 

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"We desire to be free from these prison walls not only  because we miss our loved ones but also because we wish to continue  the struggle for genuine change, for the people," Vicente Libona,  Misamis Oriental Provincial Jail.

 
   
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PRESS STATEMENT
December 4, 2010
For reference: FR. DIONITO CABILLAS, Secretary General, SELDA

On the International Day of Solidarity for Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War
Morong 43’s Hunger Strike is not only legitimate, it is most just; Free all political prisoners – SELDA

The Samahan ng mga Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA), an organization of former political prisoners in the Philippines, is one with the Morong 43 and all 371 political prisoners in the country in calling for their immediate and unconditional release from detention. As human rights organizations and peoples all over the world commemorate on December 3 the International Day of Solidarity for Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War of the International League of Peoples’ Struggles, we are one in condemning the continuing policies and practice of torture, criminalization of the exercise of political beliefs and arbitrary detention of political prisoners and prisoners of war all over the world.

We salute the Morong 43 and all political prisoners in the Philippines in their hunger strike which started on December 3, 2010. The hunger strike is a strong political statement of strength and unity amid efforts of the Aquino government to impede the release of the Morong 43 and all political prisoners in the country. There were 2, 059 victims of illegal arrest under the Arroyo government, 579 of them are human rights defenders. 333 of them are women and 112 of them are minors at the time of their arrest. Among these victims are the Morong 43, the forty health workers who are on their 10th month of detention. While Pres. Aquino has called their arrest and the warrant used for their arrest as “fruits of the poisonous tree,” he has not pursued the withdrawal of charges against them and their unconditional release because of his apparent amiable relations with the so-called “security sector” of the state, which includes the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the National Security Council. Thus, the hunger strike of the Morong 43 is not only legitimate, it is most just. We likewise call for the immediate release of political prisoners such as peace advocate Angelina Ipong, National Democratic Front consultants Ed Sarmiento and Ed Serrano, and Sandino Esguerra, all have languished in jails for more than five years now.

In the first four months of the new Aquino government, there are already thirteen (13) political prisoners, among the 23 victims of illegal arrest and detention. Sixteen out of the 23 were victims of torture. SELDA attributes this directly to Aquino’s continued implementation of the Oplan Bantay Laya (OBL), Arroyo’s former counter-insurgency policy which has spawned the extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, illegal arrests and trumped up charges against activists and supporters. While Aquino’s new counter-insurgency program will still be enforced the next year, we see this as the same terror blueprint, with loads of deceptive programs included. A counter-insurgency policy patterned after the United States Counter Insurgency Guide of 2009 can only result to more victims of illegal arrests and arbitrary detention, EJKs, enforced disappearances and thousands of more human rights violations. It is thus no wonder that the climate of impunity continues.

The US counter-insurgency policies have been consistently drafted and implemented by puppet states of the US all over the world to crush legitimate political dissent in their countries, especially those that seek the halt of US plunder and intervention on its neocolonial states. These have been consistently implemented to promote aggression against national liberation movements of peoples all over the world. These have been consistently implemented to silence and put behind bars those who strive to work for genuine peace, social justice and freedom.

SELDA stands in solidarity with the political prisoners, their families and supporters and peoples of the world against these forms of political repression, fascism and aggression. We demand the immediate and unconditional release of the Morong 43 and all political prisoners in the Philippines and the world. We call for justice for all victims of human rights violations and state impunity.

*ATTACHED IMAGES ARE FROM SELDA AND KARAPATAN CHAPTERS IN NORTHERN MINDANAO WHO CONDUCTED ACTIVITIES ON DECEMBER 3, 2010 IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE MORONG 43 AND ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS. Please see descriptions on the images below.

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The Samahan ng Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA) - Philippines is an organization of former political detainees in the country. Founded in December 4, 1984, SELDA was initiated by former political prisoners during the Martial Law period. It works for the unconditional release of all political prisoners and humane treatment of those who are still in detention; for the advocacy on the conditions of political prisoners, the fundamental reasons for their arrest and detention, and their struggle for justice; mobilization of resources for political prisoners and their families; legislative actions on the indemnification and rehabilitation of political detainees; and promotion of partnerships and solidarity with organizations for the freedom and welfare of political prisoners and victims of tyranny.

 

Lilyn Cabusog, a political prisoner, in a song rendition  of "Busabos ng Lipunan"

     

Solidarity Liturgy and Program for the Political  Prisoners detained in the Misamis Oriental Provincial Jail,
 3:00-5:00pm, December 3, 2010. On the said day, the political  prisoners joined the nationwide Hunger strike spearheaded by SELDA and  KARAPATAN.

     

Fr. Redeemer Yañez, IFI leads the opening prayer  Image 4148 - Relatives and friends of political detainees,  representatives from sectoral organizations, churchpeople and lawyers  attended the activity.

           
     
 

Inmates of Misamis Oriental Provincial Jail expresses  solidarity to the political prisoners through a Balagtasan

"We desire to be free from these prison walls not only  because we miss our loved ones but also because we wish to continue  the struggle for genuine change, for the people," Vicente Libona,  Misamis Oriental Provincial Jail.

     
           
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Alfredo Mapano, accused as a top ranking  official of the New Peoples Army faces criminal charges before the  Region X Regional Trial Court. As one of the NDFP consultant to the  peace talks, Mapano is guaranteed by the Joint Agreement on Safety and  Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) his security and immunity from detention.  His case proves of the insincerity of the previous and present regimes  in upholding the agreement.

     

Bp. Rudy Juliada, IFI leads the closing prayer

 

NEWS RELEASE
December 4, 2010
For reference: FR. DIONITO CABILLAS, Secretary General, SELDA (09175965859)

POLITICAL PRISONERS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY HOLD HUNGER STRIKES, SOLIDARITY FASTS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF MORONG 43 AND ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS

The Samahan ng mga Ex-detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA), an organization of former political prisoners in the country, today announced the solidarity protests conducted in jails and detention centers all over the country for the immediate release of the Morong 43 and all 371 political prisoners.

Fr. Dionito Cabillas, SELDA Secretary General and a convenor of the Free the 43 Health Workers Alliance, said ninety nine (99) political prisoners conducted and have continuing solidarity actions with the illegally arrested and detained health workers.

Five of them are on hunger strike in detentions centers in Cagayan Valley and Metro Manila, while the rest are on solidarity fasting, including National Democratic Front consultants Ed Serrano and Ed Sarmiento and Sandino Esguerra who have been detained for eleven years now. The solidarity actions, which were conducted starting December 3, include hunger strikes, fasting, mass, rallies and programs inside the detention facilities participated in by political prisoners and other inmates. (Please see attached matrix of political prisoners who are participating in the solidarity actions)

“We salute the Morong 43 and all political prisoners in the Philippines in their hunger strike which started on December 3, 2010. The hunger strike and solidarity actions are strong political statements of strength and unity amid efforts of the Aquino government to impede the release of the Morong 43 and all political prisoners in the country. Thus, the hunger strike of the Morong 43 and the solidarity fast of political prisoners are not only legitimate, these actions are most justified. Pres. Aquino should immediately release the Morong 43 and all political prisoners now,” Cabillas said.

According to SELDA and Karapatan, there were 2, 059 victims of illegal arrest under the Arroyo government, 579 of them are human rights defenders. 333 of them are women and 112 of them are minors at the time of their arrest. Among these victims are the Morong 43. While Pres. Aquino has called their arrest and the warrant used for their arrest as “fruits of the poisonous tree,” he has not pursued the withdrawal of charges against them and their unconditional release because of his apparent amiable relations with the so-called “security sector” of the state, which includes the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the National Security Council. In the first four months of the new Aquino government, there are already thirteen (13) political prisoners, among the 23 victims of illegal arrest and detention. Sixteen out of the 23 were victims of torture.

“SELDA attributes this directly to Aquino’s continued implementation of the Oplan Bantay Laya (OBL), Arroyo’s former counter-insurgency policy which has spawned the extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, illegal arrests and trumped up charges against activists and supporters. Aquino’s upcoming counter-insurgency policy can only result to more victims of illegal arrests and arbitrary detention, EJKs, enforced disappearances and thousands of more human rights violations,” he ended.
 

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The Samahan ng Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA) - Philippines is an organization of former political detainees in the country. Founded in December 4, 1984, SELDA was initiated by former political prisoners during the Martial Law period. It works for the unconditional release of all political prisoners and humane treatment of those who are still in detention; for the advocacy on the conditions of political prisoners, the fundamental reasons for their arrest and detention, and their struggle for justice; mobilization of resources for political prisoners and their families; legislative actions on the indemnification and rehabilitation of political detainees; and promotion of partnerships and solidarity with organizations for the freedom and welfare of political prisoners and victims of tyranny.

 

 

SELDA LIST OF POLITICAL PRISONERS AND SUPPORTERS WHO CONDUCTED AND HAVE CONTINUING SOLIDARITY ACTIONS FOR THE IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF THE MORONG 43 AND ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS

REGION

DETENTION AND JAIL FACILITIES

NAMES OF POLITICAL PRISONERS

SOLIDARITY ACTIONS INSIDE DETENTION FACILITIES

 

 

 

 

REGION II - CAGAYAN VALLEY

BJMP Ilagan, Isabela

Malayao, Randy

Hunger strike

 

BJMP Tuguegarao City

Cruz, Myrna

Hunger strike

 

BJMP Santiago City

Diestriza, Alfonso

Hunger strike

NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION

New Bilibid Prison, Muntinlupa City

1.      Natividad, Rogelio

2.      Alcon, Rodel

3.      Pangilinan, Arturo

4.      Crisanto, Ceriola

5.      Sionicio, Danilo

6.      Segura, Victoriano

7.      Marbella, Sonny

8.      Vidar, Armando

9.      Lareno, Romeo

10. Yambot, Freddie

11. Versoza, Francis

12. Navarro, Jose

13. Lingan, Edgardo

14. Rolida, Generoso

15. Itaas, Juanito

16. Gaviola, Arnilo

17. Solangon, Ricardo

18. Verdan, Cerilo

19. Rodas, Darwin

20. Pañamogan, Rolando

21. Barado, Apolonio

22. Ungsod, Joshue

23. Matricio, Manolito

24. Alegre, Jesus

25. Alegre, Selman

26. Caballero, Rodel

27. Lacang, Leon

28. Andrade, Bernardo

29. Tuardon, Edwin

30. Deguit, Jhonny

31. Villar, Raul

32. Granado, Generoso

33. Correjado, Aldrine

34. Bodino, Rico

35. Pajanostan, Felix

36. Alejandrino, Raynaldo

37. Gutaba, Roberto

38. Villacorta, Donato

39. Fulgar, Candido

40. Fulgar, Ricardo

41. Montajes,  Alfredo

42. Santiago, Lamberto

43. Villanueva, Martin

44. Ramada, Joel

45. Dosmanos, Marcial

46. Mahinay, Reynaldo (Medium Security Compound)

47. Lumantas, Pedro (Medium Security Compound)

Solidarity fasting of political prisoners

 

100 political prisoners and other inmates conducted a march and program inside the facility

 

PNP Custodial Center, Camp Crame

1.      Serrano, Eduardo

2.      Agudo, Prospero Fontanilla

3.      Sarmiento, Eduardo

4.      Balweg, Jovencio

5.      Samontesa, Diego Bodino

6.      Sarmiento, Charito

Four (4) political prisoners are conducting solidarity fasting, the other two are medically unable to join the fasting

 

The six (6) conducted a program inside the facility

 

Camp Bagong Diwa, Bicutan Taguig

1.      Laylo, Rolando

2.      Navarte, Lauro

3.      Eddie Cruz

4.      Pareja, Rea

5.      Canlas, Jenny

6.      Esguerra, Sandino

7.      Baao, Virgie

8.      Carag, Gemma

Eddie Cruz and Sandino Esguerra are on hunger strike, while the six others are on solidarity fasting

 

Five other inmates are on solidarity fasting

 

Morong 43

1.      Montes, Alexis

2.      Liberal, Gary

3.      Macabenta, Reynaldo

4.      Castillo, Eulogio

5.      Castillo, Samson

6.      Dela Cruz, Ramon

7.      Dela Cruz, Romeo

8.      Dematera, Edwin

9.      Duano, Julius

10. Escartin, Mark

11. Espera, Ronilo

12. Millena, Ace C.

13. Ortiz, Juvy

14. Pinero, Danny

15. Remoroso, Franco

16. Clamor,  Merry Mia,

17. Quinawayan, Ma. Teresa

18. Obera, Lydia

19. Doloricon, Angela

20. Ocasla, Delia

21. Balleta, Jane

22. Javier, Janice

23. Martinez, Pearl Irene

24. Among, Ray-om

25. Marquez, Emily

26. Marquez, Emelia

27. Murillo, Glenda

28. Saligumba, Lalyn

29. Oseo, Miann

30. Labrador, Selvia

31. Donasco, Lolibeth

32. Gonzales, Jacqueline

33. Serato, Maria Elena

34. Castro, Mercy

35. De Luna, Lea Christine

36. Otanez, Linda Racel

37. Oliveros, Carina Judilyn

38. Yaun, Yolanda

ON HUNGER STRIKE

 

Manila City Jail

Tomada, Dario

On solidarity fasting

REGION IV SOUTHERN TAGALOG

Batangas City Jail

Batrina, Billy

Dinio, Charito

Rogelio, Sonny

Canete, Romiel 

Montajes, Maricon

Baez, Ronilo

On solidarity fasting

REGION VII – CENTRAL VISAYAS

AFP-Central Command, Camp Lapu-lapu, Lahug, Cebu City

 

Geverola, Jigger Capadangan

On solidarity fasting

 

Danao City Jail, Danao, Cebu

 

Dellosa, Alberto Acerdin

Patriarca, Ramon

On solidarity fasting

REGION VI – WESTERN VISAYAS

1.      Bayawan City Jail, Negros Oriental

Almines, Jessie

On solidarity fasting

 

Dumaguete City Detention and Rehabilitation Center, Negros Oriental

Badayos, Danilo

Dela Cruz, Ricky

On solidarity fasting

REGION 11 – SOUTHERN MINDANAO

Provincial Rehabilitation Center,  Compostela Valley

 

Cordero, Rolando

Artos, Renan

Labor, Jerry

Benoya, Leo

Cabe, Junreil

Patlingrao, Romualdo

Escandor, Romeo

Estaloga, Robert

Beltran, Randy

Maglinte, Rovelyn 

Sibogan, Julito

Alicaba, Reganaldo

Mipana, Brian

Agate, Anthony

Olmedo, Jovy

Canete, Zaldy

On solidarity fasting and program inside jail

REGION 10

Misamis Oriental Provincial Jail, Cagayan de Oro City

 

Remadavia, Ruben

Rodriguez, Edwin

Saguinlao, Emmanuel

Mansiguiao, Anabel

Cabusog, Lilyn

Libona, Vicente

On solidarity fasting

 

 

     
     

Political Detainees in their cultural presentation

     
     

Five of the political detainees in Northern Mindanao are  presently detained in the Misamis Oriental Provincial Jail (Alfredo  Mapano, Vicente Libona, Emmanuel Saguinlao, Lilyn Cabusog, Annabelle  Mansigiao).  Image 4245 - Left to right: Annabelle Mansigiao, Emmanuel Saguinlao,  Lilyn Cabusog and Vicente Libona

 

     

RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE INTEGRATED BAR OF THE PHILIPPINES (IBP) SEEKING THE IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF THE "MORONG 43"

Ae, the members of the Board of Fovernors and the National Officers of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, affirm our belief in the constitutional inviolability of the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects against unreasonable searches and seizujres of whatever nature. We reiterate our commitment to basic and universal human rightrs.

We seek the proper and faster administration of justice for the 43 doctors, nurses and community health workers, knwon as the "Morong 43," who have been detained since February 6, 2010.

We demand accountability from the Armed Forces of the Philippines who are supposed to be the guardians and protectors of the citizenry, for their detention and classification of the Morong 43 as subversives meant to undermine national security and peace.

We join local and international healtlh organizations, human rights groups and lawyers alliances in the call for the immeidate release of the Morong 43, and urge the Department of Justice and the courts to drop the charges against those detained in order that they can be immediately released and enjoy the liberty that was deprived unjustly from them.

Passed and approved this 27th day of November, 2010 in Subioc, Zambales.

Signed by the IBP governors.

     

Press Release -- 16 November 2010

KARAPATAN dismayed over Malacanang meeting on Morong 43 case

HUMAN RIGHTS group Karapatan expressed dismay over the meeting yesterday with Malacanang Palace officials on the Morong 43 case.

“Nothing came out of a scheduled meeting of relatives of the detained Morong 43 health workers with the President’s Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Atty. Jose Amor Amorado in Malacanang,” Karapatan acting secretary-general Jigs Clamor said.

“Worse, the tormented relatives were given a run-around by the Palace official who alleged that President Benigno Aquino III has instructed them to look into the case before he left for Japan to attend the APEC summit,” Clamor said.

“Dep. Exec. Sec. Amorado admitted that the Palace is being flooded with support letters calling for the immediate release of the illegally detained health workers. But it seems Amorado doesn’t know what immediate means. Malacanang has no sense of urgency on human rights violations,” Clamor added.

“The Department of Justice, through Sec. Leila de Lima, has already submitted its recommendations to the President on what to do with the human rights victims and President Aquino himself publicly admitted that the warrant is faulty and that the evidence used against them were, legally speaking, ‘the fruit of the poisonous tree’. Yet here comes Dep. Sec. Amorado feigning ignorance on the case but has the gall to offer us all sorts of ‘legal advice’ on how to deal with a problem which the government has started in the first place,” Clamor said.

“He was asking us for legal papers. But those were already already submitted and reviewed by the DOJ as per the President’s own instructions. Then he was asking us plainly stupid questions like where this ‘Mario Conde’ named in the faulty warrant can be found. It is either Malacanang is willfully stalling the release of the Morong 43, and taking us for fools, or some power player like the US or the AFP is hellbent to continue the grave human rights violations in the country,” Clamor said.

“We have reports indicating that Malacanang is playing a propaganda spin against the health workers and that the AFP is parading some of the detainees for its own crooked designs,” Clamor bared.

“We shall not be daunted. We vow to continue the just struggle for the release of the Morong 43 and all political prisoners,” Clamor ended. ###

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