March 17, 2008 at 10:24 am | Posted in Campaigns | Leave a comment

Updated, 31 January 2008

Circumstance Of Arrest, Torture And Detention Prior To Formal Indictment

Now collectively called “Tagaytay 5”, Riel R. Custodio of Batangas City; Michael M. Masayes of Tagaytay City; Axel Alejandro A. Pinpin of Indang, Cavite; Aristides Q. Sarmiento of Calamba City, Laguna; and Enrico Y. Ybanez of Tagaytay City, are all peasant leaders, organizers and advocates associated with the Katipunan ng mga Magsasaka sa Kabite (or Kamagsasaka-Ka, Confederation of Farmers in Cavite) and The Cavite Farmers Consultative Council (CFCC). Custodio, Pinpin and Sarmiento also work with farmers and farm workers’ organizations in sugarcane plantations in the first district of Batangas Province, adjacent to Cavite.

Until GMA’s state terrorism befell them.

At around 6:30 sundown of April 28, 2006, while travelling along Ligaya Drive, Brgy. Sungay, Tagaytay City, they were forcibly abducted by an estimated 30-40 heavily armed elements who later turned out to be from the Philippine National Police (from the combined units of Cavite PPO under PS/Supt Benjardi Mantele and PSupt Rhodel O. Sermonia; PRO4-RIID under PS/Supt Aaron D. Fidel and PSupt Rafael S. Aguilar; Cavite PPMG-Tagaytay under PS/Supt Cabillo; and other units) and the AFP-Philippine Navy Intelligence and Security Force (NISF) under LTSG Peter Tolentino.  Their abductors wore various uniforms and plainclothes, all bearing no nameplates and carrying no legal warrants. Continue Reading CASE SYNOPSIS OF TAGAYTAY 5…


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