Jazmines being punished for exposé of FBI in PH, conditions of political prisoners--CPP

Information Bureau
Communist Party of the Philippines
July 01, 2012
The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) condemned the arbitrary transfer of Alan Jazmines from the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame to Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, the PNP National Capital Region headquarters at dawn last Friday, June 29. Jazmines is a consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) in peace negotiations.

Calling the circumstances of the arrest "treacherous and vindictive," the CPP said Jazmines is being punished by the US-Aquino regime for exposing the plight of  political prisoners detained in Camp Crame and the presence at the detention facility of foreigners who are victims of the illegal practice of "rendition."

In a recent letter, Jazmines and other political prisoners exposed the maltreatment and continuing violation of their basic civil rights by the PNP. They also exposed the fact that there are at least three foreign nationals illegally abducted abroad by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation and given false Filipino identities to justify their incarceration in Crame.

"The alacrity with which the PNP carried out Jazmines' transfer shows that it was likely carried out upon the orders of US intelligence officers who are actively operating in the Philippines and who wish to isolate Jazmines and make him ineffective in defending the cause of political prisoners and exposing US government intervention," said the CPP.

"US intelligence operatives in the Philippines have been increasingly active and working closely with the PNP and the AFP in conducting surveillance and counter-guerrilla combat operations against Filipino anti-imperialist forces," said the CPP. "The US has used the so-called Balikatan exercises in the past several years as a camouflage to set up its physical and organizational espionage network in the Philippines. There are also plans to set up a satellite office of the gestapo New York Police Department right inside the PNP National Headquarters."

Reports issued by human rights organization Karapatan said Jazmines was not even accorded the right to legal counsel as he was prohibited from even calling and consulting with his lawyers. It was also illegal since the transfer of a detainee from one detention center to another is the court's prerogative and cannot be carried out unilaterally by the police or detaining officer. "No such court order was obtained by the police to transfer Jazmines to Bicutan," pointed out the CPP. "Worse, Jazmines has not been given his day in court, even after a year and a half of detention."

At the same time, the CPP said the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) should be made accountable not only for failing to stop Jazmines' transfer and protect his basic civil rights, but for apparently having allowed itself to be used by the PNP in carrying out this patently illegal order." According to the Karapatan report, CHR chair Etta Rosales was with PNP Custodial Center chief Supt. Cesar Magsino when Jazmines was to be transported to Bicutan.