Sunday, April 23, 2006

Supporters press for Cong. Beltran's release

An alliance for the immediate release of Anakpawis Representative Crispin B. Beltran, true leader of the Filipino people

April 24, 2005

In anticipation of go signal for Ka Bel's transfer to hospital
Supporters press for Cong. Beltran's release

Supporters of Anakpawis Congressman Crispin Beltran staked it out in front of Camp Crame earlier this morning while awaiting the implementing order for Beltran's transfer to the Philippine Heart Center (PHC) signed by Makati Regional Trial Court (MRTC) Branch 137 Judge Jenny Lind Aldecoa-Delorino earlier this morning.

Workers, urban poor, youth, and migrants from the Free Ka Bel Movement (FKBM), a broad alliance calling for the immediate release of the illegally-detained solon, staged a support gathering today in front of Camp Crame as a gesture of solidarity and support for Ka Bel's release from Camp Crame, FKBM Spokesperson Dennis Maga said. The supporters included members of Anakpawis, Kilusang Mayo Uno, Kadamay, Migrante, and Anakbayan.

"The court order for Ka Bel's transfer to a hospital is a partial victory in the continuing fight for Cong. Beltran's liberty. We will not stop at his transfer to the hospital. We will continue to press for Ka Bel's release and the dropping of the false and fabricated charges against him and the five other party list solons," Maga said.

"The Arroyo government has done a great injustice to the Filipino toiling masses by illegally detaining Cong. Beltran for too long, despite the obviously fabricated charges slapped against him and lack of clear and substantial evidence hastily submitted by prosecutors from the Department of Justice," Maga said. B

Beltran will be spending in two months as a political detainee in Camp Crame tomorrow after his arrest last February 25.

"Ka Bel's continuing detention at Camp Crame is condemnable and unjust not only because the government has detained an ailing 73-year old parliamentarian and veteran labor leader. It is an obvious manifestation of the brutal political repression being waged by Pres. Gloria Arroyo against her critics and among the civilian populace who want her to step down," Maga said.

Beltran is expected to be transferred to the PHC after the Philippine National Police's (PNP) receives the MRTC implementing order.

On April 17, Judge Jenny Lind Aldecoa-Delorino of the MRTC Branch 137 approved Congressman Beltran's transfer to a hospital of his choice. In consideration of Beltran's various cardiovascular diseases, lawyers filed their request the following day for Beltran's transfer to the PHC along East Avenue in Quezon City.

Despite being 73 years old, Beltran was illegally arrested and jailed by the Philippine National Police (PNP) since February 25, 2006, on fabricated and malicious charges. This has contributed to the precarious deterioration of his health, necessitating his detention at the PNP General Hospital since March 2. ###

Reference: FKBM Spokesperson Dennis Maga (0927-399-6227)


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