Remains of political detainee Eduardo Serrano to Naga City; fellow prisoners on hunger strike, protests shaping up

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Political detainee Eduardo Serrano. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
Political detainee Eduardo Serrano. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

By Joey Natividad

CITY OF NAGA, Bicol Region, 13Jan2016 (BicolToday.com) – While the remains of NDFP peace consultant Eduardo Serrano was being brought back home to Naga City this Tuesday, fellow political detainees have started their hunger strike/fasting, and other protest actions for the injustice committed against Serrano and to all political prisoners.

Human rights group Karapatan said political prisoners in the Special Intensive Care Area 1 at Camp Bagong Diwa have started their fast and hunger strike Tuesday, January 12 up to January 17, the schedule of Serrano’s burial, online news BicolToday.com was informed Tuesday.

Detained NDF peace consultants Adelberto Silva, Alan Jazmines, Ernesto Lorenzo, Ruben Saluta, and Tirso Alcantara, in a statement released in behalf of the political prisoners at SICA-1, said the fasting/hunger strike is “our passive act of expressing in this peaceful manner our commiseration with the demise of our fellow NDF peace consultant and foully arrested and wrongly charged elderly and sickly political prisoner, Eduardo Serrano, and our calls for speedy justice and rectification of injustice, including release of victims of trumped-up charges, victims of the slow crawl of justice and many others like us, who, in various aspects, remain victims of injustice; respect of human rights, including release of the elderly and sickly; respect of peace talks agreements, including release of detained NDF peace consultants.”

(See related news link: Political prisoner Eduardo Serrano, a Nagueño, dies of cardiac arrest – See more at: http://bicoltoday.com/2016/01/11/political-prisoner-eduardo-serrano-a-nagueno-dies-of-cardiac-arrest/#sthash.iahfdTrN.dpuf )

Women political prisoners at Taguig City Jail and Camp Bagong Diwa have also joined the fasting/hunger strike, among these is Maria Loida Magpatoc, a peace consultant of NDFP.

“Although we don’t share the same detention cell, Ka Eddik showed his thoughtfulness and how he cared for us by sending us messages written in cards, small pieces of paper or through progressive readings,” political prisoners in New Bilibid Prisons (NBP)-Maximum Security Compound said in their statement.

Starting Tuesday, political prisoners of NBP Maximum Compound will hang two portraits of Serrano at the NBP compound as a symbol of their grief and indignation.

A mass and tribute will be held on January 13; and, protest march and noise barrage will be held on January 17, Serrano’s scheduled burial “to condemn the injustice committed by the US-Aquino government against Eduardo Serrano.”

“Ka Eddik showed us the mark of a true revolutionary who held on firmly to the commitment to serve the people and the country, in and out of the repressive jails,” NBP political prisoners said.

Three (3) NDFP peace consultants Eduardo Serrano, Emeterio Antalan and Leopoldo Caloza have been jailed at the NBP after they were convicted under the Aquino regime, despite false charges and JASIG protection.

Political prisoners, who are still at Camp Crame and had known Ka Eddik, now wear black and red ribbons with wood crafted clenched fists to show their indignation.

More jail actions are expected in the next few days to call for justice for Ka Eddik as the Serrano family, his colleagues, friends and supporters bring Ka Eddik to his huling hantungan.

Serrano, a farming consultant and lecturer-trainer-adviser to farmers’ organizations was imprisoned for more than 11 years for trumped-up criminal charges against a certain Rogelio Villanueva.

For several years, Serrano’s lawyers proved that Serrano is not Villanueva, but it was only in 2015 that the Quezon City Trial Court Branch 98 ruled the two are not the same person.

Serrano and supporters expected an acquittal from the last two charges of multiple frustrated murder and kidnapping, meant for ‘Rogelio Villanueva’.

But, he died of cardiac arrest on January 8, this year. He was halfway from attaining legal victories. [BicolToday.com]

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