Group to Aquino: Solve Olalia-Alay-ay double murder case
WITH the surrender after 26 years of an accused in the Rolando Olalia-Leonor Alay-ay double murder case, labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno challenged Pres. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III to solve the murder of the slain labor leader and his aide.
KMU expressed concern that the legal proceedings on the case are simply being used to clear the names of accused military officials.
Last July 24, Desiderio Perez of Barangay Holy Spirit, Quezon City, surrendered to military authorities after the Antipolo Regional Trial Court Branch 98 ordered last February the arrest of those accused in the case.
Also accused are: Eduardo Kapunan, Jr., Oscar Legaspi, Filomeno Maligaya, Cirilo Almario, Jose Bacera, Fernando Casanova, Ricardo Dicon, Gilbert Galicia, Dennis Jabatan, Gene Paris, Freddie Sumagaysay and Edgar Sumido – all members of the ultra-rightist Rebolusyonaryong Alyansang Makabansa or RAM.
“We dare Pres. Aquino to seek justice for the death of former KMU chairperson and respected labor leader Olalia and his aide and labor activist Alay-ay,” said Elmer “Bong” Labog, KMU chairperson.
“It’s been 26 years and justice continues to be denied our comrades, whose murder was part of the ultra-rightists’ destabilization campaign against the Cory Aquino government,” he added.
“However, the circumstances that surround the legal proceedings make us doubt the courts’ and the government’s sincerity. We fear that these are being undertaken to clear the names of the accused,” Labog said.
KMU disowned a press release which was circulated in its name last January, in which it called on Pres. Aquino to solve the murder case on the basis that “the wind of justice is finally blowing in the country.”
“We have every reason to doubt the motives of these legal proceedings especially now that Sen. Enrile and Honasan are very close to the Aquino government. Clearing the names of their comrades in RAM may be the payback for their roles in the Corona impeachment,” Labog said.
“The Aquino government’s failure to arrest and jail former Gen. Jovito Palparan and its failure to convict and jail Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo show its attitude towards human-rights violators,” he added.
Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Gringo Honasan, known RAM leaders, are allies of the president and are instrumental in the impeachment of Chief Justice Renato Corona last May.
Olalia and Alay-ay were kidnapped, tortured and then killed in November 1986, when KMU was still allied with the first Aquino government