Military rearrests ex-women's group leader

Ang Bayan
January 7, 2012

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The Philippine National Police played a cruel joke on Gloria Floresca who they released on December 9 only to rearrest her an hour later.

Floresca, a former leader of a women's group was first arrested by the PNP on June 21 at her house in Naguilian, La Union and charged with rebellion. She was detained for five months.

The PNP accused Floresca of being a leading official of the Communist Party of the Philippines in the region. She allegedly ranks third in the military and police's Order of Battle in the Ilocos region.

GABRIELA-Ilocos spokesperson Linda Caluza said that the charges against Floresca are all manufactured. She added that the AFP and PNP desperately want to defeat the revolutionary movement in the region that they resort to Red-baiting, illegal arrests and other violations of the rights of democratic organizations and personalities.