UA UPDATE#2:RESPONSE TO THREATS

02 January 2008

Ms. EUGENE D.SALON

Prosecutor I

Provincial Prosecution Office

Province of Negros Oriental

Hall of Justice, EJ Blanco Drive

Dumaguete City

Dear Madam:

Greetings!

I write with grave concern over a subpoena issued by your office, dated 10 december 2008, and addressed to fellow human rights defender Dr.Oliver Gimenez in which my name was included over a trumped up MURDER complaint lodged by the AFP-PNP.

As Advocacy Officer of KARAPATAN-Central Visayas, I find the complaint not only malicious but smacked of political persecution coming as it is in the heels of the recent dismissal of a similar spurious complaint leveled against our Public Information Officer Vimarie Arcilla by the same AFP-PNP cabal also at your office.

It is clear to me that both complaints are politically-motivated to harass and terrorize me and my group from further investigating and exposing human rights violations, especially the abduction and continued disappearance of suspected NPA member Calixto Alfante in Valencia, Negros Oriental. The ridiculous and fantastic allegations of the complaint should bear me out.

In this light, I am humbly cautioning your office from falling, wittingly or unwittingly, as pawn to the AFP-PNP witchhunting paranoia to the detriment of our cherished democratic principles and basic laws.

Please note that the address as indicated in the complaint is erroneous and may be a ploy to mislead this Honorable Office as I am not a resident of Pedro Cui St., Cebu City.

I am also requesting that I be kept abreast of this trumped up charge by sending any notice to my office address below.

(sgd)Paz V. Silva

Advocacy Officer,

KARAPATAN-Central Visayas

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January 5, 2008

Hon. EUGENE D.SALON

Prosecutor I

Provincial Prosecution Office

Province of Negros Oriental

Dear Ma’am:

Greetings of Christ’s Peace!

The AFP-PNP in Negros Oriental are so desperate to cover up their human rights violations in this province that they are throwing everything in our path to stop us in KARAPATAN from further investigating and exposing their abuses.

After their spurious KIDNAPPING charges against our Public Information Officer, Ms.Vimarie Arcilla, was junked recently as baseless, the AFP-PNP are now persecuting our Advocacy Officer, Ms. Paz Silva for MURDER.

In particular, Insp. Mario Rivera Jungco, of Bayawan PNP Station, and 2Lt. Anthony Pueblas, PFC Ike Panaguiton, and PFC Rico Acat, of the 79th Infantry Batallion, claim wildly that Ms. Silva ambushed them on September 8, 2008 in Brgy. Nagbinlod, Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental. With no proof whatsoever, these perpetrators peddled bare-faced lies that insult our fundamental laws, judicial process and common sense.

We will be happy to formally answer these outlandish allegations as soon as Ms. Silva receives notices from your office.

Be that as it may, we are confident that you could see the pure malice and political persecution breathing life to this instant complaint. We are certain you would act judiciously as your conscience dictates to protect the downtrodden and preserve the integrity of our justice system.

We trust.

In Christ,

Rev. Ray Gelloagan

Chairperson,

KARAPATAN-Central Visayas


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