Monday, March 19, 2007

Any physical or mental injury to befall Satur while under police custody will be the direct fault of the likes of Esperon, Ebdane and Gonzales

Monday March 19, 2007

Any physical or mental injury to befall Satur while under police custody will be the direct fault of the likes of Esperon, Ebdane and Gonzales; GMA reduced to being the AFP's parrot

Anakpawis Representative Crispin Beltran today warned the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) against allowing or causing any physical or mental injury from befalling Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo while the latter is under their custody. Beltran said that the PNP's abrupt transfer of Rep. Ocampo to Leyte despite a decision of Leyte judge Ephrem Abando of the Leyte Regional Trial Court Branch 18 to issue a verbal order to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to stop Ocampo's transfer was undeniable proof of the AFP and the PNP's evil intent against Ocampo.

"The PNP and the AFP have now taken the law unto their own hands. We already have strong suspicions that judge Abando was harassed, threatened and coerced to sigh the warrant against Satur and others who are accused of a 22-year old alleged series of murders. Despite Judge Abando's order to keep Satur in Manila, the PNP insisted on the transfer. This is a serious breach and abuse of authority and heads should roll for this," he said.

Beltran said that it was not an exaggeration to point out that there is a serious threat against Satur Ocampo's safety, security and very life. "Satur is a big target. The AFP's hate-campaign is directed against all the progressive party-lists and their representatives, but the biggest target is Satur. Any and all harm that could happen to him would only the doing of the AFP, PNP, and their mercenary forces. Armed Forces chief of staff Hermogenes Esperon, Department of National Defense (DND) Hermogenes Ebdane and National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales are at the core of this malicious harassment operation against Satur, and it should be put on record that as masterminds, they will be the ones held mainly liable should anything untoward happen to Satur while he is under the custody of the PNP," he said.

The activist lawmaker and veteran labor leader reiterated his stand that it was already the armed forces who were controlling the national government and that Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has already been reduced to being a titular, talking head.

"She has allowed the PNP and the AFP have their way all this time. She taken to merely echoing or supporting the stands and explanations of the AFP and the PNP on the issue of the extrajudicial killings and the relentless harassment against the progressive partylists and their representatives. Despite her parrot-like utterances that her government respects human rights and is appalled over the killings, actions speak louder than words: she has essentially ceded authority to the military and police forces on the most crucial political issues troubling the country today."

"Martial law has been all but declared. Pres. Arroyo's own speeches are probably being drafted by the AFP as well. Her fear that the military might withdraw its support from her administration is what has rendered Arroyo the military's most effective defender," he insisted. #


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