BAYAN leader sues AFP, PNP

For being tagged as the “supervisor” of “communist front organizations”, an official of the patriotic multi-sectoral umbrella BAYAN-Central Visayas sued top officers of the AFP and PNP before a regional trial court here 11AM, today (12 March, 2009) .

Assisted by the premier human rights alliance KARAPATAN, Paul Rodriguez, president of BAYAN-CV, filed a petition for habeas data demanding the production, correction, suppression and destruction of information, database and the process of their collection that have posed threats to his right to privacy, liberty and security.

He also demanded public apology from the respondents, namely Major Gen. Armando Cunanan, and Supt. Carmelo Valmoria, among others.

In the petition, Rodriguez pointed out that KARAPATAN was able to secure an official copy of an AFP “Order of Battle” naming him as leader of the Regional Urban Party Committee allegedly headed by Ramon Patriarca, Sergio Repuela, and Jaime Paglinawan.

Paglinawan is the chairperson of BAYAN-CV; Repuela, chairperson of Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas-CV; while, Patriarca is a former human rights worker who was abducted and tortured early last month by AFP and PNP agents.

“The AFPs Order of Battle is its target list of perceived enemies. This butcher’s list is the guide of state agents for harassing, abducting and, in several cases, executing activists and other government critics,” said Dennis Abarrientos, secretary-general of KARAPATAN.

In the first three months of this year alone, three farmer activists were killed by suspected elements of the 79th Infantry Battalion in Negros Oriental. Ronel Raguing, 25, and Julito Quirante, 48, both residents of Sta. Catalina town, were picked up by 79th IB soldiers on 02 February, 2009. They were not seen again until when their decomposing and hog-tied bodies were exhumed by a KARAPATAN-led fact-finding mission from a shallow grave on 09 March 2009.

On 18 February, 2009, Francisco Julanero, 44, councilmember of provincial peasant federation KAUGMAON, was shot dead by two motorcycle-riding assassins in Lambaan, Nagbalaye, Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental.

“As its days come closer to its end, this despised regime grows ever more desperate in gnashing and clawing at dissent and even at its own constitution,” Abarrientos said. ###

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