Militants gather outside Quezon City Hall, call for Serrano’s release

MILITANTS by Karapatan-Southern Tagalog conduct a protest action outside Quezon City Hall  at Eduardo Serrano’s hearing, calling for his release.

“Eduardo Serrano should not be detained in the first place,” Glen Malabanan, Secretary General of Karapatan-Southern Tagalog explains, “he is protected by the Joint Agreement for Safety and Immunity Guarantee (JASIG).”

Eduardo Serrano, consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) is one of the longest imprisoned political prisoners of the country, and has been detained since 2004.

“There are many cases of illegal detention in Southern Tagalog; one of them is Serrano.” Malabanan said. “Serrano has been detained since Arroyo regime and is JASIG-protected, however, until now, he is still detained.”

Karapatan-Southern Tagalog stood a camp out outside Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to call for a response on the increasing number of cases of human rights violations in the country.

“We are not going to leave,” Orly Marcellana, spokesperson of Save Bondoc Peninsula Movement said, “unless CHR responds to the human rights violations cases in the country under the Aquino regime.”

Marcellana added, “Instead of denying the cases, they should acknowledge them and act on them; not just sitting on their chairs.”

Karapatan-Southern Tagalog and families of political prisoners in Southern Tagalog, calls for the “immediate release of all political prisoners in the country”.

“This is the reason for our camp out,” Malabanan said. “Despite the promises Aquino made last election, the human rights violations cases under the previous regimes has not yet been resolved, instead, are increasing in number.”

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