PPO MUST REFRAIN FROM WRITING STORIES

April 18, 2007 at 9:27 am | Posted in Human Rights | Leave a comment

Family, friends, and companions were surprised when P/Sr Supt Fidel Posadas, the provincial police director said that Lourdes Rubrico popularly known as Nanay Ude was abducted due to her involvement in a land scam.

Everybody is not resolved with the statement of the provincial police office in April 5. We with the family and friends believe that what happened is another round of political repression and harassment in the province under OPLAN BANTAY LAYA 2.

The incident also shows the mode that the elements of state is using against progressives and militants. Evident in the previous incidents of killings and frustrated killings in the province, all were packaged to be showcased to be a common crime and not included in the string of political repression in the country.

For instance, the frustrated killing of Gerry Cristobal, then union president of EMI-YAZAKI in Imus, april 28 last year was dubbed by Col. Rhodel Sermonia, the provincial police intelligence officer, that he is involved in a drug trade and that the shooting is part of a legitimate operation. Like wise, the killing of Jesus “Buth” Servida a union leader of the same company in Dec. 11 last year was made public that the incident was due to a business rivalry.

We pose a challenge to the provincial police office to stop intriguing and stories. Conduct a deep investigation and resolve the worsening human rights violation in the province.

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SIXTY-YEAR OLD URBAN POOR LEADER ABDUCTED

April 18, 2007 at 9:24 am | Posted in Human Rights | Leave a comment

While the whole Christian world recalls the life and sacrifice of Jesus Christ in

Mount
Calvary where he was crucified, political repression continues when a sixty-year old urban poor leader was abducted by four armed men while sleeping in a shelter at Megahouse, Sta.Cruz 1, DBB-E, Dasmariñas. 

Lourdes Rubrico, popularly known as Nanay Ude one of the pioneers of Ugnayan ng mga Maralita sa Gawa at Adhika (UMAGA) Federation, was known for her four-decade long struggle with the urban poor sector in Dasmariñas in fighting for their rights for a decent housing for they were one of the relocatees in Bagong Bayan in 1970’s from different parts of Metro Manila. 

Witness accounts say that Nanay Ude was sleeping when they saw a light brown colored van entered the abandoned industrial site, set by the National Housing Authority (NHA) to be as temporary relocation, in Sta. Cruz 1 at three o’ clock in the afternoon. They never suspected that the four fairly-looking men who alighted the vehicle would abduct the sleeping urban poor leader in a dwelling. The men woke and forcibly took the victim inside the van. Although the witnesses tried to get into Mrs. Rubrico, one of the abductors pointed his short firearm to them and carried out the abduction. Bystanders acquired the plate number of the vehicle that hurriedly went off in the community. 

Nanay Ude’s companions said that the former has no personal enemy but her deep commitment with the cause of the urban poor groups may have induced abhorrence to the organizers of Barangay Alternative Community Leaders (BACAL) group of organizations under the office of the provincial governor being the one under UMAGA Federation who rejects the idea of BACAL to relocate individuals under them in Megahouse, Sta. Cruz 1. BACAL is said to collect a certain amount from people from the time of their relocation in the said community while UMAGA Federation who handles the case and recognized by the NHA fights to award the temporary relocation site to the people. 

Relatives, friends, and companions of Nanay Ude strongly condemn the abduction and now are tirelessly searching in camps, hospitals, and other possible locations.

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