Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Beltran to be temporarily released on March 12 to lead Anakpawis filing of official nominees at the Comelec

Wednesday March 7, 2007

Beltran to be temporarily released on March 12 to lead Anakpawis filing of official nominees at the Comelec

The Makati Regional Court National Capital Judicial Region Branch 150 has released an Order allowing the temporary release of detained Anakpawis Representative Crispin Beltran so he can personally lead Anakpawis Party-List's submission of the names of its nominees to the Commission on Elections National Office on March 12, 2007. Judge Elmo Alameda penned the decision.

On February 6, 2007, Anakpawis filed its manifestation of intent to participate in the May polls after its second national convention held in Quezon City. On March 12, Anakpawis will submit the names of its nominees at the Comelec. Beltran as its party chairman and Rep. Rafael Mariano as party president will lead the delegation of leaders from the organizations affiliated with Anakpawis, primarily Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU), Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), Pamalakaya, Amihan, Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (KADAMAY) and PISTON.

In his motion, Beltran cited the cases of senatorial candidates and accused Col. Gregorio Honasan and Sr/G. Antonio Trillanes who are likewise facing rebellion charges in this jurisdiction and were permitted by the court to temporarily leave detention in order to file their respective certificates of candidacy with the Comelec. He sought the Court's consideration and grant him the same consideration that was given Honasan and Trillanes.

Even with the false charges of inciting to sedition and rebellion lodged against him, Beltran has not been considered disqualified under the law to run for an elective position.

Beltran expressed elation over the court's decision and said that it was just. "I am glad that I am given at least this one day of freedom to push for the candidacy of Anakpawis in the party-list elections. I am also hoping that the net decision the courts will lay down is for the immediate and complete release."

The activist lawmaker and political detainee called on candidates of both the Genuine Opposition and Team Unity to support the campaign for his immediate release, saying that his arrest was a glaring case political repression.

Beltran was the unanimously voted as Anakpawis first nominee in the national convention last February. Mariano was elected second nominee, and KMU secretary general Joel Maglunsod as third nominee. Other nominees are Confederation for the Unity Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees (COURAGE) president Ferdinand Gaite and PAMALAKAYA president Fernando Hicap Jr.

In the meantime, the Metropolitan Trial Court of Metro Manila Branch 43 in Quezon City has denied Beltran motion to quash the government's move to proceed with Criminal Case No. 132943 or the case charging Rep. Beltran with sedition deliberated in a full-blown trial. Anakpawis Party-list, the Free Ka Bel Movement (FKBM) and organizations under the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) said that they will mount continued protests against the decision and Beltran's continuing arrest as The court laid down that Rep. Beltran's arraignment will proceed on March 26, 2007 at 1:30 pm.

The decision laid down by Acting Presiding Judge Thelma de los Santos was received by Rep. Beltran last week.

The court is ordering that the sedition case against Beltran be deliberated in a full-blown hearing, denying the motion of Beltran's lawyers that the case be immediately dismissed on the grounds that Beltran's arrest on February 25, 2006 was illegal and that the arresting officers did not have a warrant for his arrest much less clear-cut charges to back it up.#


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