SC decision underscores gravity of human rights situation — Ladlad

Jun. 03, 2007

Following is the statement of Bayan Muna Director Vicente Ladlad, one
of the co-accused in the Batasan 6 rebellion case, over the Supreme
Court decision:


June 2, 2007

As one of the accused in the rebellion case filed by the Department of
Justice, I feel relieved by the Supreme Court decision ordering the
dismissal of the case. The decision underscores the gravity of human
rights violations being committed by the Arroyo government in carrying
out its plan to destroy the Left by the end of her term.

The SC decision however cannot but be temporary relief for me because
of the standing arrest warrant against me and other activists on
another fabricated case in Leyte for multiple murder. I was a
political prisoner during the period that this supposed case took
place. But this fact is of no consequence to the Department of Justice
which, under the aegis of the Inter-Agency Legal Action Group that
also includes the AFP-PNP and National Security Adviser, intentionally
subverts the integrity of the judicial process by manufacturing legal
cases against the Left.

It was rather fortunate that we were able to bring our case to the
Supreme Court and found temporary relief. But many more activists in
the provinces have become victims of false charges filed by the AFP
and PNP with the collaboration of state prosecutors. The gravest
injustice is that done to hundreds of leaders and members of
progressive organizations who have become victims of extrajudicial
killing and enforced disappearance. They include Jonas Burgos, Ma.
Luisa Posa-Dominado, Rogelio Calubad and son Gabriel, Prudencio
Calubid and Leo Velasco. The AFP and PNP did not even bother to bring
these victims to a fiscal. ###

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