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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Appeals for release of political prisoners in the Philippines

From The Department of Asian Peasant Coalition (APC) and Cuestionatelotodo:

We have translated for broadcast communication received from the Coalition of Asian Peasants (APC), calling for solidarity in the struggle for the release of political prisoners in the Philippines. Cuestionatelotodo


Dear members and colleagues APC

There are still 400 political prisoners unjustly imprisoned and deFilipinas languishing in prisons. The Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) has not released more political prisoners despite agreements with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).

The Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) has stated that "the recent prisoner's death Ocasla peasant political Barnabas has highlighted the neglect of the government with regard to the conditions of ordinary prisoners and feigned sincerity of the GRP peace negotiations ". Ocasla is the first political prisoner died in prison under the administration of Duterte. At least another twelve (12) died during the regime of Aquino.

Most of the 400 political prisoners still locked in the Philippines are farmers and advocates of land reform who were arrested, accused of crimes prefabricated, and imprisoned because of their struggle for land and for democratic rights. At least 296 of them were illegally detained during the Aquino administration, while 15 were detained under the administration of Duterte.

On Monday 5 December, peasant leaders, advocates of land reform, consultants Peace Plan of the National Democratic Front Philippines (NDFP) and families of political prisoners will hold a protest and a vigil at Mendiola (near the palace Malacanang in Manila) in solidarity with all political prisoners who are on hunger strike to call for the immediate release of all political prisoners through a general amnesty.

the representative of Anakpawis Party, Ariel Casilao, participate in the strike fast.

the Secretary of Agrarian Reform Rafael Mariano also show your support and demand the release of all peasants political prisoners.

We ask you and your organization to support Filipino political prisoners through siguienes actions:

1. Send letters, emails or fax messages asking:

a. The immediate release of the 400 political prisoners, especially the sick, the elderly, women and those who have been imprisoned for more than 10 years,

b .. The Philippine Government must respect and fulfill its commitments in the first and second round of peace talks between the GRP-NDFP under Duterte administration.

You can send your request or communications contact below.

2. Support the online petition Pilgrims for Peace signing it and spreading it .You can access the application via: https: // www . Change . Org / p /release - political - Prisoners - in - the -philippines - support - the - grp - NDFP- peace - talks .

3. You can take individual or group photos of people holding signs with text: Free all political prisoners Filipinos! Libera defenders! Upload photos mentioned in his Twitter account and Facebook and label the following: @asianpeasantcoalition @rodyduterte @bebotbello @peacegovph Use the hashtag #AmnestyNowPH #FreeAll #PoliticalPrisonersPH.

4. Keep fasting solidarity in their communities or workplaces. The hunger strikers take liquids but no solid food, while those who fast give up a meal or two. )

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address to send requests:

HE Rodrigo Duterte
President of the Republic,
Malacanang Palace, JP Laurel St., San Miguel, Manila Philippines
Voice: (+632) 564 1451 to 80 | Fax: (+632) 742-1641 / 929-3968
E-mail: or send message through

Hon. Jesus Hardness
Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process,
Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP),
7th Floor Agustin I Building, Emerald Avenue, Pasig City 1605
Voice: +63 (2) 636 0701 to 066 | Fax: +63 (2) 638 2216

Ret. Maj. Gen. Delfin Lorenzana
Secretary, Department of National Defense,
Room 301 DND Building, Camp Emilio Aguinaldo,
E. de los Santos Avenue, Quezon City
Voice:  +63 (2) 911-6193 / 911-0488 / 982-5600 | Fax: +63 (2) 982-5600

Hon. Vitaliano Aguirre
Secretary, Department of Justice, Padre Faura St., Manila
Direct Line 521-8344; 5213721 | Trunkline: 523-84-81 loc.214 | Fax: (+632) 521-1614

Hon. Jose Luis Martin Gascon
Chairperson, Commission on Human Rights, SAAC Bldg.
UP Complex, Commonwealth Avenue Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
Voice: (+632) 928-5655, 926-6188 | Fax: (+632) 929 0102

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