Groups to PNP: Explain why FBI is holding office inside Camp Crame

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) has a lot of explaining to do why operatives of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other American intelligence units are holding office at the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame.

Human rights group Karapatan,  fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) and Anakpawis party list said Director General Nicanor Bartolome, PNP chief, should explain very well the real score about the presence of American intelligence experts.

The public wants to know the real score about the presence of these American intelligence experts inside the detention cell in Camp Crame, nothing more, nothing less,” said Pamalakaya chair Fernando Hicap in a press statement.

“The chief of the PNP should not tell us the FBIs are there for a visiting stint under the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) or Washington’s intelligence operatives are there to attend a cocktail party inside the police custodial center,” Hicap said.

The groups issued the statement citing a letter sent by political prisoner Alan Jazmines to human rights group Karapatan that elements of FBI and other intelligence agencies of US are being allowed to interrogate political detainees suspected of having links with alleged terrorist organizations .

According to Hicap, the PNP chief should reveal who instructed him to allow the US FBI to hold office in and transform the police custodial center into an interrogation center of the Washington D.C in the country.

“Mr. Bartolome can deny the big names behind this incorrigible and bastardization of Philippine sovereignty to high heaven, but the truth cannot be denied that the Office of the President, the defense department and the foreign relations agency have something to do with this anti-sovereign act of the Aquino administration,” he added.

Jazmines, a political consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) in the peace talks with the Government of the Philippines (GPH) also claimed that three of the prisoners detained at the Custodial Center were Indonesian nationals who were arrested in Malaysia and Indonesia, and who were apparently brought to the prison facility in the country allegedly at the behest of US government.

According to Jazmines, the Indonesians were been given false Filipino identities to ‘legalize’ their detention in PNP Custodial Center.

“The intelligence operations of the FBI within the sovereign territory of the Philippines are being undertaken underhandedly and without the Filipino people’s full knowledge. The absence of a formal treaty allowing such operations makes such spy operations and renditions illegal even from the point of view of the laws of the reactionary Philippine government,” the NDFP peace consultant said.

Hicap, also the vice-chairperson of Anakpawis party list said the PNP leadership should break their silence on the allegation that is allowing the US FBI agents to conduct covert intelligence operations inside the Philippine territory, and worse, it has offered the country’s detention facilities for political interrogations and imprisonment of individuals suspected by the US government of having links with terrorist organizations

“It appears to us that Malacanang officials led by President Benigno Simeon Aquino III have full knowledge of these covert operations by US FBI intelligence elements. And that this set up has been going for quite some time courtesy of the seal of approval of the Office of the President, the defense and foreign relations department and the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” the groups said.

Both groups said the Philippine Senate and the House of Representatives should conduct a joint or separate congressional inquiry on the reported clandestine operations and basing of US FBI agents inside the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame.

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