Rights group Hustisya calls for release of UP Pampanga students, scores police and military for unlawful arrest

News Release
11 August 2014

Rights group Hustisya on Sunday called for the immediate release of two UP Pampanga students, who were abducted Saturday afternoon in a Nueva Ecija town and were later found at the PNP Provincial Public Safety Company Headquarters in Cabanatuan City.

“The PNP should be accountable for their unlawful arrest and detention. We demand for their immediate release,” said Cristina Guevarra, Hustisya secretary general.

Gerald Salonga and Guiller Cadano, who both studied in UP Diliman Extension Program in Pampanga, were reportedly taken by unidentified men in two vehicles in the afternoon of August 9.

“Style na bulok ito ng PNP at AFP. Matapos dukutin ang mga aktibista magtatanim sila ng mga pekeng ebidensya, at saka sila magsasampa ng gawa-gawang kaso laban sa mga inaresto.” (This is the usual vicious practice of the PNP and AFP. Consequent to unlawful arrests and trumped-up charges is the planting of false evidences.). Their right to counsel were also violated, as they underwent summary inquest proceedings without the presence of any legal counsel,said Guevarra.

Guevarra said the PNP and AFP are nototriously known for this dastardly unlawful practice. The trumped-up charges are piling up against activists. There are currently 499 political prisoners under Pres. Benigno Aquino. More than 200 were arrested and detained under his watch. Majority of the causes of political imprisonment are products of false charges and planted evidences.

The group scored the Aquino government’s continuing malpractie of illegal arrests and detention, and filing of trumped-up charges against activists, while on the other hand is failing miserably to apprehend notorious human rights violators by the likes of Jovito Palparan the principal suspect in the abduction of UP students Karen Empeno and Sherly Cadapan.. ###

Reference: Cristina Guevarra, Hustisya secretary general 0949-1772928

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