Political prisoners begin one-week fast today

DECLARING that political prisoners continue to exist 40 years after martial law, some 114 political in jails in Metro Manila and other regions began their one-week fasting towards Sept. 21.

According to Angie Ipong, secretary general of SELDA, the fasting will be done side-by-side with the sympathy fasting of lawyers of the National Union of People’s Lawyers.

Among those participating in the fast are political prisoners at the New Bilibid Prisons Maximum and Medium Security Compounds, Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig, Metro Manila District Jail, Correctional Institution for Women and Camp Crame.

In the regions, there will be simultaneous fast activities in Bicol, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Panay and Misamis Oriental. In Bicol and Misamis, more than 200 inmates will also participate in the fast in support of the political prisoners.

“The Marcos dictatorship then suspended the writ of habeas corpus and then declared martial law to justify illegal arrests and detention. Until Martial Law was declared, there was a huge increase of political prisoners. Today, the government denies the existence of political prisoners, while dismissing the fact they were imprisoned due to their political beliefs,” Ipong said.

The group believed that the continuous denial of political prisoners will not downplay their very existence.

“It will only show that 40 years after, there has been no genuine change. From martial law to Noynoy Aquino, political prosecution is still the government’s business,” Ipong said.


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