Thursday, May 04, 2006

SC ruling on PP 1017 a toothless tiger

From the Office of Anakpawis Representative Crispin B. Beltran
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May 4, 2006

SC ruling on PP 1017 a toothless tiger
if political harassment continues¡½Cong. Beltran
PP 1017 victim asserts release

The Supreme Court (SC) ruling on Presidential Proclamation 1017 yesterday is welcome, but it will only be a 'toothless tiger' if the Arroyo's political harassment and suppression continues, Anakpawis Congressman Crispin Beltran said today.

From Room 427 of the Philippine Heart Center (PHC) in Quezon City, Beltran expressed hopes that "the SC ruling would herald the reversal of the abominations associated with the imposition of PP 1017".

"The SC rulings on PP 1017 affirms what we have been saying right from the start: that Pres. Arroyo is a wannabe dictator who is trying to put in place mechanisms for creeping Martial Law," Beltran said of yesterday's ruling.

"What needs to be done now is to reverse the abominable human and political rights violations spawned by President Gloria Arroyo's PP 1017: the warrantless arrests, arbitrary detentions, and transgressions of press freedom that continue up to now," Beltran said.

Beltran expressed hopes that the courts would eventually rule his arrest as illegal, the charges against him baseless, and immediately release him from arbitrary detention under the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Beltran is one of the first "victims" of the PP 1017. A day after its proclamation, the 73-year old solon was accosted and "invited for questioning" by fully-armed elements of the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) while preparing to leave home in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan on the morning of February 25. Upon arriving at Camp Crame, he was illegally detained after PNP CIDG personnal showed him a warrant dating back to 1985.

Beltran has been arbitrarily detained for more than two months already. He was transferred from the PNP Custodial Center to the PNP General Hospital in Camp Crame on March 2 after his health deteriorated. The Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 137 finally ordered Beltran's temporary transferr to the PHC on April 25 on humanitarian grounds. ###


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