Sunday, April 29, 2007

Ka Bel hopes to be released tomorrow in time for Tuesday's Anakpawis Miting de Avance

Sunday April 29, 2007

Ka Bel hopes to be released tomorrow in time for Tuesday's Anakpawis Miting de Avance

Anakpawis Representative and political detainee Crispin Beltran today said that he is still expecting to be released in time for the May 1st Labor Day celebrations to be spearheaded by the Kilusang Mayo Mayo (KMU) and Anakpawis Party-List. May 1 will also be the miting de avance of Anakpawis which Beltran continues to lead its chairman and first nominee.

"I am still hopeful that I will be able to attend the Labor Day rallies on Tuesday. I hope that the Supreme Court will lay down a decision favoring my immediate release on bail by tomorrow, Monday, April 30. Even it's a photo-finish release, it doesn't matter, so long as I'm released in time for the miting de avance," he said.

The activist lawmaker has been incarcerated on charges of inciting to sedition and rebellion since February 25, 2006. He was detained for two months in Camp Crame before he was transferred to the Philippine Heart Center in April 25, 2006 because of high blood pressure. If he is not released by May 1, it will be the second Llabor Dday rally he would've missed in the last 45 years. He was Kilusang Mayo Uno's founding secretary general when the militant labor group was established in 1980, but has been an active union leader since the 1950s.

Beltran's lawyers led by Atty. Romeo Capulong have already filed a motion for bail at the Supreme Court as well as a separate motion seeking temporary release on May 1. If the former motion is granted, the second will be rendered moot.

Beltran said that he wishes to be able to speak at Anakpawis' miting de avance and personally thank all those who have supported the campaign for his release. If released, Beltran will also help welcome the various senatorial candidates Anakpawis is endorsing. He said that besides being a miting de avance, May 1 will also be a venue to further galvanize the public into heightened vigilance.

"Anakpawis will be mobilizing its ranks of supporters and sympathizers not only to vote on May 14, but to guard and protect their votes. This election has the potential to be one of the dirtiest electoral exercises second only to the presidential polls in 2004. The campaign machinery of the Macapagal-Arroyo administration is clearly geared not only to promote its candidates but to secure the chances of their victory even through fraudulent means. The continuing accreditation of the Palace-backed and funded party-lists also pose a serious threat against the legitimate progressive party-lists. The involvement of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in the election process and their presence in the urban centers also serve to intimidate voters and supporters of candidates not with the Arroyo administration. All these are ingredients in a recipe for massive fraud and the disenfranchisement of voters sympathetic to the opposition," he said. #


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