Tagaytay 5 case: a matter of fundamental rights, not simply a matter of prison facilities

March 1, 2007 at 2:53 am | Posted in Campaigns | Leave a comment

In response to PDI article
“Cops seek transfer of detained farmers”
appearing on page A18, 26 Feb 2007

The CALABARZON region police director entirely missed the point of our just demands in our ongoing indefinite fast when he said he would seek a court order to effect the transfer of the Tagaytay 5 to the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame.

Chief Supt. Nicasio Radovan, Jr., evading unfavorable publicity generated by our Indefinite Fast that started last February 20, 2007, is simply passing the buck and shirking PRO4A’s responsibilities to persons whom they abducted and robbed of personal belongings and development funds amounting to more than P700,000.00 ten months ago.

The proposed transfer to Camp Crame, which the General thinks shall resolve PNP’s dilemma on the handling of the Tagaytay 5, skirts the long-standing issues and demands made by the Tagaytay 5 that revolve around the essential matter of treatment of prisoners, of cruel and undue punishment of prisoners still awaiting trial, such as denial of basic rights like sunning and outdoor exercises; visitation rules; conjugal visits; adequate medical attention; recreation; and of past violations of fundamental rights, which demands restitution, such as our abduction, torture, incriminatory machinations, illegal detention, and robbery.

What the good General and the PNP hierarchy is not to ask the Court for a transfer of the Tagaytay 5 to end their self-made legal and custodial dilemmas, which, if they take full responsibility of and so prefer, could easily be resolved at their own level. Ultimately to rectify all wrongful accusations and end all hardships, pains and anguish inflicted upon us, all the PNP has to do is simply file an affidavit of desistance to withdraw their fabricated charges, immediately release the Tagaytay 5, and return all properties they stole including the almost P800,000.00 they forcibly have taken when they waylaid the Tagaytay 5 last April 28, 2006.

In the meantime, we shall relentlessly continue our Indefinite Fast until the satisfactory resolution of our case and conditions.

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