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UP NKE condemns warrantless arrest of Badidi Labra’s father; calls to drop charges

UP NKE condemns warrantless arrest of Badidi Labra’s father; calls to drop charges
Press Release
February 20, 2013
Reference: Kristian Jacob Abad Lora, kjalora92@yahoo.com

The Nagkahiusang Kusog sa Estudyante, a political and mass organization in University of the Philippines Cebu (UP Cebu) expresses its strongest condemnation over the inhumane and warrantless arrest of Lodgerio Labra, father of UP Cebu Fine Arts student Jay “Badidi” Labra, past 8 p.m, February 18, by the Team 2 of the City Intelligence Branch (CIB) of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) under Police Inspector William Alicaba.

Based on the accounts of Badidi Labra, who is one of the witnesses of the said arrest, PNP crashed into their house to arrest Mr. Labra for illegal gambling, specifically, masiao. The PNP ransacked the house which resulted to damages on Labra’s properties as they sought for any evidence supporting the case. Failing to find evidence, the CIB took Mr. Labra’s decades-old unused and non-functional .22 rifle (air gun).

Furthermore, Badidi testified that the arresting officers failed to present an arrest warrant, were not in uniform and even threatened to arrest him, as well, after seeking for an arrest warrant.

This afternoon, February 20, Mr. Lodgerio Labra has been freed on bail. He was detained in CCPO, yesterday, after the PNP filed two cases against him yesterday, February 19, for illegal gambling and illegal possession of firearms. Gambling paraphernalia surfaced only after the raid and when asked where they found the paraphernalia, the CIB could not answer the question, said Badidi. He added that the CIB negotiated to drop the charges in exchange of suppressing the issue from media attention.


Not an Isolated Case

Such inhumane acts of the security forces of the State such as the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) inflicted upon ordinary and innocent civilians are no longer unusual in our history. There are already a significant number of cases of police officers illegally arresting civilians without warrant, torturing them upon arrest and destroying properties while searching for evidences, among others. In the case of Mr. Labra, the arresting officers violated the rules in conducting an arrest stipulated in Republic Act No. 7438 such as using of unnecessary force despite his non-resistance and non-recital of the Miranda Warning.

Even the planting of evidences (the gambling paraphernalia allegedly recovered from Mr. Labra’s house) is also not new. It can be remembered that three of our UP Cebu students who visited the Aloguinsan farmers to document their struggle were also arrested last August 29, 2011, along with 36 farmers of San Roque Farmers’ Association after the PNP allegedly found acid, grenade and liquid laced with chili pepper inside their bags.

The case of Mr. Labra is yet another incident now added to the very long list of human rights violations committed by the State’s security forces. This incident further our claims that the institutions that are ought to serve and protect the people are the ones inflicting abuse, harassment and violence upon the people, especially the underprivileged and the powerless.


Our Call and Demand

Considering that the arrest of Mr. Lodgerio Labra is illegal and that evidences presented were only planted, we demand upon the Cebu City Police Office to immediately drop the charges filed against him. Furthermore, we call for an investigation of the incident and have the arresting officers held accountable for violating Republic Act No. 7438.

We are also calling the attention of the Commission on Human Rights-7 to look into this matter and conduct a speedy investigation to render justice to the party affected.

Meanwhile, we urge our fellow UP students, teachers, staff, REPS and alumni to join us and the Labra family in the pursuit for justice. Legal and financial assistance are very much welcome. Donation boxes will also be circulated around the campus.

Share so that no more citizens will experience the same plight of Mr. Lodgerio Labra!

DROP the charges filed against Mr. Lodgerio Labra now!
JUSTICE to the Labra Family!
UPHOLD Due Process of Law!
END Human Rights Violations!
SERVE and PROTECT the People!

PS: Here’s a video footage of some part of the incident: 

PSS: Spread awareness, and follow the case of Badidi’s dad by visiting Chai Fonacier’s blog.

1st post, 4am 2/19: Cebu Police Can’t Protect Ushttp://thebansheerabidcat.wordpress.com/2013/02/19/cebu-police-cant-protect-us/

2nd post, 2am 2/20: Updates on the Warrantless Arrest by Cebu Policehttp://thebansheerabidcat.wordpress.com/2013/02/20/updates-on-warrantless-arrest-by-cebu-police/

3rd post, 2/20 just now: Not Safe with Policehttp://thebansheerabidcat.wordpress.com/2013/02/20/not-safe-with-police/

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Carlos Celdran, the Revised Penal Code, the Church and the State, and the Cybercrime Law

After two years (that’s how speedy our justice system in our country is), the case of Mr. Carlos Celdran, a tour guide and reproductive health advocate who interrupted an inter-faith gathering by raising a placard with the name of Padre Damaso on it as he protested against the Catholic Church’s opposition to the RH Bill (which is now a law), is now finally resolved. The Manila City Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 4 under Judge Juan Bermejo found him guilty of “offending religious feelings’’ (Article 133, Section 4 of the Revised Penal Code) that has an equivalent penalty of “prison term of a minimum of two months to a maximum of 13 months and 11 days.”

Manila Bulletin (MB) intern Jamaica Digo again asked for my thoughts for MB Students and Campuses Section on whether Mr. Celdran deserves to be jailed or not.  The article was published last February 4 and here are my thoughts:

“The law says he is bound for imprisonment for violating Article 133 of our Revised Penal Code. But the issue is: is ‘airing out’ our sentiments amidst religious gathering or even amidst any gathering or any place including the cyberworld, a crime? As long as it is non-violent, it should not be considered a crime. Hence, our campaign for the decriminalization of libel and the junking of the Cybercrime Law.

On the other hand, seeing things from a Catholic’s perspective, the Church could have just forgiven Celdran. Blessed John Paull II did that to his assassin. Moreso, Christ is doing that to His people as He teaches them not to hate the sinner but the sin. It is then ironic that the Filipino Catholic Church went after an individual for committing an act that did not physically harm anyone whereas it is not aggressive in going after those who have physically abused, even killed people who were just asserting for their rights and liberty.” –Kristian Jacob Abad Lora, fourth year, Computer Science, University of the Philippines-Cebu

First published on Manila Bulletin, February 4, 2013 http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/392430/should-carlos-celdran-be-punished-or-not

AMEND the 83-year old Revised Penal Code!
ASSERT our Freedom of Expression!
JUNK Cybercrime Law!

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Continuing the Supremo’s Legacy: Live with and Learn from the Masses

Last November 30, we celebrated the 149th birthday anniversary of one of our greatest Filipino heroes and the Father of the Philippine Revolution – Gat Andres Bonifacio. I was not able to write an essay about it but I was able to write a poem for him. Moreover, an intern of Manila Bulletin asked me again about my thoughts on how the Filipino youth of today can live up to the principles and ideals of Gat Andres. The article was published last Nov. 29 and here’s my thought:

“One cannot emulate Gat Andres Bonifacio just by reading about his life and works but by studying the society as well. We go out of the confines of our schools and homes and live with the masses. It is in integrating ourselves with them that we can see and understand the ills of our society and feel the need to take part in the struggle towards liberating the oppressed. It is in immersing ourselves with them that we can understand why Bonifacio became a revolutionary and that the situation during his time is still happening today. It is then the task of our generation to continue Bonifacio’s ultimate goal – to gain genuine independence for the country and total liberation of the oppressed from the hands of the ruling class. We must continue the revolution he has started and end it with victory for the masses and for our beloved country.” – Kristian Jacob Abad Lora, BS in Computer Science, University of the Philippines – Cebu

First published on Manila Bulletin, November 29

Also published at Yahoo News! Philippines, December 1

“Bayan, bayan, bayan ko, ‘di pa tapos ang laban mo. Rebolusyon ni  Bonifacio, isulong mo, isulong mo!”

Robin Padilla who is playing the character of the Supremo in Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo joins militant activists from BAYAN during the 151th Anniversary of Ka Andres Bonifacio, Nov. 30, 2014. Photo by Macky Macaspac posted in Pinoy Weekly.

Robin Padilla who is playing the character of the Supremo in Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo joins militant activists from BAYAN during the 151th Anniversary of Ka Andres Bonifacio, Nov. 30, 2014.
Photo by Macky Macaspac posted in Pinoy Weekly.

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Martial Law @ 40: It Can Happen Again Anytime

Yesterday was  the commemoration of the infamous 1972 Martial Law that left scars among the Filipinos. I was not able to write an essay about it because we were busy at school but few days prior to yesterday, I was interviewed by an intern of Manila Bulletin about it. She said that they are making an article on how the Filipino youth today perceive the 1972 Martial Law. Here’s mine:

IT CAN HAPPEN AGAIN ANYTIME. “Marcos placed the whole nation under Martial Law as a result of the rise of activism among students, workers and other sectors, the growth of communism, and the infamous assassination of former Defense Minister and now Senator Juan Ponce Enrile. It should not just be viewed as an isolated case of absence of democracy but as a reflection of the unjust societal system that we have until now — the people of the ruling class uses the government, the State, and even the State’s military forces to protect and promote their interest and to preserve their top position in the social pyramid. This means Martial Law can actually happen any time when the people of the ruling class feel that the masses are at work in revolutionizing the society, that is, ang pagbaliktad ng tatsulok. At the same time, the 1972 Martial Law showed how Filipinos would sacrifice themselves for the liberation of the oppressed and of their nation.” — Kristian Jacob Abad Lora, 19, Nagkahiusang Kusog sa Estudyante

First published on Manila Bulletin, September 19 http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/374023/what-martial-law-means-today-s-youth
For our generation, the challenge is to continue protecting the freedom that was fought by our ancestors and continue the struggle towards full and genuine national democracy as the threat by the ruling classes remains until now.

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Congratz NKE! 2-0, for the 2nd time!

Congratulations to NKE candidates Angel Rose Trocio and France Kevin Degamo for having elected as First Year Representatives, winning the positions by landslide. For the 2nd time, NKE wins 2-0 and NKE’s victory has always been the students’ victory! Election has just ended; now is the time to UNITE to achieve our goals and to push for our rights and welfare. Iskolar ng Bayan, ipagpatuloy ang laban! SERVE THE PEOPLE! GOD BLESS! ^____________^

NKE: Tunay. Palaban. Makabayan. | 25 Years of Genuine Service to the Students and the Masses.