Tuesday, April 04, 2006

After Makati court extend stay in Camp Crame for one more month

From the Office of Anakpawis Representative Crispin B. Beltran

Lisa C. Ito, Public Information Officer (+63)927.796.7006

Tel. # (+632) 426-9442 Email: crispinbeltran@gmail.com

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News Release

April 4, 2006

After Makati court extend stay in Camp Crame for one more month

Lawyers, supporters step up calls for Beltran's release

Now that the Makati court has delayed his stay in jail for at least until May 3, lawyers and supporters of illegally-detained Anakpawis Congressman are stepping up moves calling for his immediate release from police custody in Camp Crame.

Yesterday, Makati Regional Trial Court (MRTC) Branch 137 Judge Jenny Lind Aldecoa-Delorino filed for a thirty (30) day extension of the promulgation of a resolution on the Motion for Judicial Determination of Probable Cause filed by Beltran's lawyers one month ago, in response to the rebellion charges slapped by the DOJ. In effect, the 73-year old Beltran will be remaining under illegal detention in police custody at Camp Crame until the resolution is finally promulgated.

In response to the report of the 30-day extension, Beltran's lawyers from the Public Interest law Center (PILC), headed by Atty. Romeo Capulong, yesterday afternoon filed an Omnibus Motion to (1) set for a hearing and/or resolve the pending urgent Motion for Release,and (2) to allow Cong. Beltran to be transferred to a hospital with adequate facilities.

"Another month of illegal detention is way too long and definitely too inhumane for a man of Cong. Beltran's stature and health," Acting Chief-of-Staff Ofelia Balleta said.

"This state-sponsored political harassment against Cong. Beltran and his fellow party list solons must stop. The Arroyo administration, through the Philippine National Police and the Department of Justice, has tried to prevent Cong. Beltran from fulfilling his functions as a duly-elected solon for the first quarter of 2006. It is also trying to prevent him from attending the nationally-coordinated celebrations of International Labor Day on May 1, as a veteran labor leader," Balleta said.

Beltran's supporters from the Free Ka Bel Movement (FKBM) also vowed to step up nationwide and international protests over Cong. Beltran's continuing incarceration at Camp Crame. ###


April 4, 2006

Gov't wants Ka Bel in jail during Labor Day celebrations?

Beltran supporters vow more 'calibrated mass protest actions'

There is obviously intense government pressure to keep Anakpawis Congressman Crispin Beltran in Camp Crame by the time of the nationwide celebrations of International Labor Day on May 1, supporters of the 73-year old illegally-jailed solon say.

"It seems that the Arroyo administration, through the blatant and malicious pressure from the Department of Justice (DOJ), wants to keep Cong. Beltran, an internationally-recognized veteran labor leader, illegally jailed until May 1 in order to put a dampener on the morale and fighting spirit of Filipino workers nationwide," Dennis Maga, Free Ka Bel Movement (FKBM) Spokesperson said.

Maga decried the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 137's 30-day extension of the promulgation of a resolution on the Motion for Judicial Determination of Probable Cause filed by Beltran's lawyers last March 2.

The month-long extension was announced yesterday, April 3, as Beltran's lawyers and supporters were awaiting the outcome of the resolution.

"A one-month extension means that Cong. Beltran will have to remain in illegal detention until May 3, or until the resolution is finally promulgated. This is too long and too unjust for the 73-year old Anakpawis solon, who has not been convicted of any crime," Maga stressed.

Maga and other FKBM convenors vowed to "build a cresendo of calibrated and nationwide mass protest actions" calling for the immediate release of Cong. Beltran.

"A one-month extension of Ka Bel's unjust incarceration will also yield thirty (30) days of protest until May 1, International Labor Day," Maga said.

"The Arroyo government has everything to lose if it frees Cong. Beltran before May 1. It knows that a free Ka Bel speaking on the podium of a Labor Day rally will only ignite more protests and just anger against the government from the broad ranks of the nation's working class. The nationwide calls for the passage of House Bill 345, which legislates a P125 across-the-board wage increase for workers in the private sector, is also sure to be raised. " Maga said.

FKBM convenor and migrant leader Connie Bragas-Regalado also said that many overseas foreign workers supporting Ka Bel throughout the nation were mulling the temporary halt of remittances through formal banking channels in order to add to the international calls for Beltran's release.###


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