NDF-EV demands release of arrested civilians, end to militarization

Fr. Santiago "Ka Sanny" Salas, Spokesperson
National Democratic Front of the Philippines--Eastern Visayas
Pebrero 9, 2015

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) in Eastern Visayas today demanded the release of civilians illegally arrested by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) as well as the ending of militarization in Basey, Samar and other parts of the region. "We condemn the illegal arrest and detention by AFP troops of Elpidio Romangca and Artemio Estueta, both civilian residents of Brgy. Mabini, Basey, Samar," said Fr. Santiago "Ka Sanny" Salas, NDF-EV spokesperson. "We call for their immediate release based on the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) signed by the NDFP and the Government of the Philippines. In the spirit of moving the peace process forward, we demand that the Aquino regime respect the CARHRIHL and end militarization in Basey and elsewhere in the region.

"Despite being a calamity area whose residents are still struggling to recover after having been struck by supertyphoon Yolanda and three successive typhoons, Brgy. Mabini is now being subjected to the Aquino government's oppressive militarization. The military imposes a curfew and forces the residents  to comply with a logbook system hence restricting their movements, sowing fear among the peasants who are now afraid to go to their farms. Thus the residents suffer even more in addition to the effects of successive typhoons, and hunger is now widespread.



Fr. Salas said that the troopers from the 8th Infantry Division (8th ID) of the Philippine Army arrested Romangca during their combat operations under the Aquino government's Oplan Bayanihan. "Elpidio Romangca is a former member of the New People's Army who had returned to civilian life. But the military kept harassing him, despite his being handicapped (blind in one eye from a war wound) and having returned to peacefully tilling the land to look after his family. In fact, the military attempted to summarily execute Romangca in 2007, but he escaped and went into hiding. Another evidence that he has returned to civilian life is that he is a recipient of aid from the International Committee of the Red Cross as a survivor of supertyphoon Yolanda. Despite his efforts at a peaceful life, he was pursued and wounded by soldiers from the 87th IB last November 17, 2014 in Sitio Bagti, Mabini, Basey. He was brought to Manila for treatment and remains under military detention.

"Artemio Estueta is 68 years old and was arrested along with his wife by soldiers in Sitio Burabod, Mabini, Basey last January 31. Despite his advanced age, three truckloads of soldiers arrived and surrounded his house to arrest him. Estueta is a community leader who spoke out against the Aquino government's criminal negligence of supertyphoon Yolanda survivors. He is also an advocate of genuine agrarian reform and critical of the Aquino government's failure to implement this."

The NDF-EV spokesperson expressed concerns the military will slap Romangca and Estueta with fabricated criminal charges to keep them in prison. "We are aware of the Aquino government's propensity to criminalize political offenders. Thus we urge that the rights of Romangca and Estueta as civilians be respected. Romangca and the Estueta couple deserve to be released on humanitarian grounds because of their infirmities. All political prisoners must be released  in accordance with the CARHRIHL and to move the peace process forward. We demand an end to the militarization of Basey and other parts of the region, which is still recovering from recent calamities and give way instead to genuine rehabilitation."#

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Gindedemanda han NDF-EV nga buhian an mga gin-aresto nga sibilyan ngan undangon na an militarisasyon

Fr. Santiago "Ka Sanny" Salas, Tagapagyakan
National Democratic Front of the Philippines--Eastern Visayas
Pebrero 9, 2015

Gindemanda yana han National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) ha Eastern Visayas nga buhian an mga sibilyan nga iligal nga gin-aresto han Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) sugadman an pag-undang han militarisasyon ha Basey, Samar ngan iba pa nga parte han rehiyon. "Ginkukundenar naton an iligal nga pag-aresto ngan pagdetiner han mga tropa han AFP kan Elpidio Romangca ngan Artemio Estueta, ngaduha mga sibilyan nga residente han Brgy. Mabini, Basey, Samar," sering ni Fr. Santiago "Ka Sanny" Salas, tagapagyakan han NDF-EV. "Ginpapanawagan naton an dagmit nga pagbuhii ha ira basar ha Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) nga ginpirmahahn han NDFP ngan han Gubyerno han Pilipinas. Ha diwa han pag-unhan han proseso pankamurayawan, gindedemanda naton ha rehimen Aquino nga respetuhon an CARHRIHL ngan undangon na an militarisasyon ha Basey ngan iba pa nga parte han rehiyon.

"Ha luyo nga naigo ini nga lugar han kalamidad kun diin ginkukurian pa an mga residente nga makarekober kahuman lasurbuhon han superbagyo Yolanda ngan tulo nga sagunson nga mga bagyo, biktima pa yana an Brgy. Mabini han matalumpiguson nga militarisasyon han rehimen Aquino. Nag-iimponer an militar hin curfew ngan ginpipirit an mga residente nga sumunod ha sistema han logbook nga amo an nakakalimitar ha ira paggios, nagsasabrag ini hin kadahadlok ha mga parag-uma nga nagkakahahadlok na yana nga kumadto ha uma. Ha sugad dugang pa nga nagkukuri an mga residente ha gidaan na makuri nga epekto han sagunson nga mga bagyo, ngan nagreresulta ha hiluagan nga kagutom.

Ginsering ni Fr. Salas nga gin-aresto han mga sundalo han 8th Infantry Division (8th ID) hi Romangca samtang nagkokondukta han ira pankombat nga operasyon ilarum han Oplan Bayanihan han gubyerno Aquino. "Hi Elpidio Romangca hadto anay kaapi han New People's Army nga binalik na ha sibilyan nga panginabuhi. Kundi ginhaharas hiya pirme han militar, bisan kun mayda niya kapansanan (buta an usa nga mata tikang ha samad ha agway) ngan bisan kun binalik na hiya ha murayaw nga pag-uma agud buhion an iya pamilya. Ha kamatuoran, gin-atentaran han militar nga patayon hi Romangca hadton 2007, kundi nakaeskapo hiya ngan nagtago. Usa pa nga ebidensya nga binalik na hiya ha sibilyan nga panginabuhi amo an pakakarawat niya hin ayuda tikang ha International Committee of the Red Cross komo nakatalwas ha superbagyo Yolanda. Ha luyo han iya mga paningkamot para han murayaw nga kinabuhi, ginlanat hiya ngan nasamaran han mga sundalo tikang ha 87th IB hadin Nobyembre 17, 2014 ha Sitio Bagti, Brgy. Mabini, Basey. Gindara hiya ha Manila agud igpatambal ngan tubtob yana ginpapailarum ha detensyon han militar.

"Hi Artemio Estueta 68 na an pangidaron ngan gin-aresto lakip an iya asawa han mga sundalo ha Brgy. Mabini, Basey hadin Enero 31. Ha luyo han iya pagigin edaran, tulo nga trak nga puno han mga sundalo an inabot ngan ginpalibutan an iya balay agud arestuhon hiya. Usa nga lider ha komunidad hi Estueta nga tinindog kontra ha kriminal nga pagpasibaya han gubyerno Aquino ha mga nakatalwas ha superbagyo Yolanda. Usa liwat hiya nga tag-undong han tinuod nga reporma ha tuna ngan kritikal ha kapakyasan han gubyerno Aquino nga ig-implementar ini."

Nagpahayag hin kabaraka an NDF-EV nga posible salawdan han militar hira Romangca ngan Estueta hin hinimo-himo nga mga kriminal nga kaso agud igpabilin hira ha prisuhan. "Maaram kita han kabatasanan han gubyerno Aquino nga ig-kriminalisa adton mga may pulitikal nga kaso. Sanglit gin-aaghat naton nga respetuhon an mga katungod nira Romangca ngan Estueta. Kinahanglan buhian hira Romangca ngan an mag-asawa nga Estueta ha makatawo nga basaranan tungod han ira mga balatian. Kinahanglan buhian an ngatanan nga mga pulitikal nga priso subay ha CARHRIHL ngan agud sumulong tipaunhan an proseso pankamurayawan. Gindedemanda naton nga undangon na an militarisasyon ha Basey ngan iba pa nga parte han rehiyon nga nagrerekober pa ha naglabay nga mga kalamidad ngan lugod, hatagan hin dalan an tinuod nga rehabilitasyon."

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