T5 denounces Judicial Moro-moro, Escalates protest fast

March 23, 2007 at 2:50 am | Posted in Campaigns | Leave a comment

Beginning March 20, 2007, we, the Tagaytay 5 escalates our unrelenting drive for Freedom and Justice by continuing our month-long Indefinite Fast and further reducing our food intake, to reiterate the just resolution of the human rights issues which triggered our current prison protest, and to denounce the political persecution of Bayan Muna Representative Satur Ocampo, Anakpawis Representative Crispin Beltran, and other leaders of the progressive democratic movement.
   
Yesterday, we further decrease our intake of biscuits-and-liquids-only diet from three times a day to two times a day for Riel Custodio, Axel Pinpin and Aristides Sarmiento.  Due to health considerations, Enrico Ybañez will forego his regular lunch and subsist on regular breakfast and supper while Michael Masayes will take his regular meals due to his recurring intestinal ulcer.
   
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As prison protests spread, T5 escalates hunger strike

March 7, 2007 at 12:07 am | Posted in Campaigns | 1 Comment

A large prairie fire, which started with a single spark in Camp Vicente Lim Detention Center, is threatening to engulf the inhumane and cruel prison system and slow, deceptive justice system for political prisoners in the Philippines.

Today, we, the Tagaytay 5, detained for more than 10 months now at the Base Police Detention Center of the Philippine National Police Regional Office-CALABARZON (PNP PRO4A) headquarters in Camp Vicente Lim, Calamba City, Laguna, shall escalate our indefinite fast –hunger strike to underscore the need for an honest-to-goodness dialogue between the fasting political prisoners and our police custodians so as to decisively resolve the issues we raised when we began our indefinite fast last February 20, 2007.

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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.

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Hungry for Justice and Freedom

March 1, 2007 at 2:49 am | Posted in Human Rights | Leave a comment

On February 20, 2007, the 298th day of our abduction and prolonged undeserved detention we, the Tagaytay 5, are launching our prison protest – so that justice and truth may reign, freedom be regained, and prisoners’ rights be respected. On this day, we shall start an indefinite fast here in the Base Police Detention Cell of the Philippine National Police – Police Regional Office 4A (PNP-PRO4A), Camp Vicente Lim, Canlubang, Laguna.

We have suffered and endured for 10 long months. The PNP and the Armed Forces of the Philippines units were quite quick in abducting and robbing us on that fateful sundown of April 28, 2006 on the basis of hearsay, but were ironically quite poor and painfully slow in processing their baseless accusations imputed against the Tagaytay 5. The Cavite PNP and the PRO4A – Regional Intelligence and Investigation Division (RIID) even resorted to incriminatory machinations, such as planting evidences, and yet to this very day have miserably failed to produce even one shred of evidence to prove their malicious allegations and trumped-up charges so as to slyly cover-up their illegal seizure of almost PhP800,000.00 of funds for rural development projects and other valuable personal belongings.

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Tagaytay 5 dares candidates to tackle human rights, other substantial issues in midterm elections

March 1, 2007 at 2:44 am | Posted in Campaigns | 1 Comment

As the entire nation enters into a politically exciting yet volatile stage with the onset of the campaign period for the 2007 midterm elections, we the Tagaytay 5 challenge all candidates for national and local elections to tackle the defense of human rights and other substantial issues during the campaign in order to effect some meaningful reforms in the lives of the citizenry.

In the dim of electoral jockeying and political somersaulting, we have observed that no one but no one among the senatorial timbers or even provincial leaders in the CALABARZON region had advocated a clearcut program of governance nor a legislative agenda, sensible and doable enough to lead our people our of abject poverty, oppression, helplessness and hopelessness.

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