Friday, March 17, 2006

The brighter side of Ka Bel’s continued illegal detention

March 15, 2006, Wednesday
Reference: Cherry Clemente, National Secretary-General (0921) 9922380

The brighter side of Ka Bel’s continued illegal detention: More and more police and military officers are getting convinced to join the people’s struggle – Clemente (AP) SOLIDARITY LUNCH FOR REP. CRISPIN BELTRAN HELD IN BATASAN

Anakpawis National Secretary-General Cherry Clemente this morning said that despite the injustice experienced by Rep. Crispin Beltran in Camp Crame, there still exists a brighter side to see. Clemente claimed that more and more police and military officers are becoming sympathetic to their cause. “Ka Bel is given this rare opportunity to explain to the police and military that the Arroyo government is not doing anything for their plight. But on the other hand, Arroyo is denying the passage of the law which will grant a ‘P3000 across the board salary hike for government employees’ by suppressing Ka Bel, the primary proponent of the bill.

“We have witnessed the transformation of the policemen in Camp Crame who are in close contact with Ka Bel. They wanted Ka Bel released immediately so that their demands will be brought to the congress now that they need to cope with accelerated increase in the prices of basic commodities.”

Clemente joined several congressmen, personalities and leaders of organizations such as the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas, PAMALAKAYA, Amihan and Anakpawis held a Solidarity Lunch this morning to reiterate their call for the immediate release of Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran this morning at the Sunken Garden in Batasang Pambansa. Afterwhich, they will proceed to Camp Crame to share their ‘Solidarity Merienda’ (snack) with Rep. Beltran.

The congressmen include Cong. Teves, Macarambon, Banaag, Magtubo, de Guzman (Marikina), Suplico and Hataman among others.

Clemente warned that the prolonged detention of Rep. Beltran will lead to more unrest among the ranks of government employees including the police and military because their demands which Beltran is espousing will continue to be sidelined. “Expect more police officers and soldiers to take part in the people’s struggle to oust Arroyo.”

Meanwhile, workers from different factories and companies in Metro Manila led by the Kilusang Mayo Uno staged a whole-day Metro-wide protest which will include work stoppages, ribbon wearing and noise barrages in support of the call to release Beltran. Later at 4pm to 7pm, they will converge in different protest centers such as Welcome Rotonda, Cubao, Monumento, Philcoa, Litex, Alabang, Tondo and other major assbly areas to conduct simultaneous programs. ###

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