Militants: Tuayon’s arrest, detention illegal

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Saturday, March 22, 2014


LEADERS of allied militant organizations in Negros Occidental assailed the police for what they called the illegal arrest and detention of Bayan-Negros secretary-general Christian Tuayon last March 19.

They are planning to file an appropriate charge against those responsible, they said in a press conference yesterday.

Those who faced the media with Tuayon were Bayan Muna Negros coordinator Alejandro Deoma, Karapatan regional coordinator Clarizza Dagatan, and Kilusang Mayo Uno spokesperson Ronald Ian Evidente.

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Last Wednesday, Tuayon was detained at Police Station 2 after his arrest at the Hall of Justice, outside the Regional Trial Court Branch 48 while attending a hearing of the case involving Sara Alvarez, a human rights activist of the Northern Negros Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (Nnahra).

“I was detained for 29 hours. But I never violated or committed a particular crime. When we went out of the court room, a police officer asked if I am Christian Tuayon and asked him why? The police officer told me that there is a warrant of arrest issued against me and that I need to go with them to Police Station 2. The arrest happened when I was not aware of the violation I have committed,” he said.

Tuayon added they discovered that the said warrant of arrest was a bench warrant wherein Tuayon was supposed to be brought to court in relation to another case.

Sadly, he said, he suffered long hours in a detention cell under unpleasant conditions.

Tuayon said this is the third time that he was served a warrant of arrest.

The first, on April 12, 2012 for a robbery in band case filed against him and others for the robbery incident at the fish pond of Sarrosa family in Sagay City. The second was in February 13, 2013 in Silay City when they engaged in a quick response in relation to the arrest of a member of the New People’s Army.

“What is questionable is that even my lawyer Atty. Cesar Beloria Sr. did not receive any copy of the subpoena. We also saw a report of the police that the subpoena intended for me was noted that the addressee cannot be found in the address stated which is questionable again,” he said.

Tuayon said people know that he lives at Zone 4-AB in Manapla town.
“They did it on purpose. They want me arrested with the aim to silence those who are part of organizing a nationwide protest against the visit of US President Barrack Obama in the Philippines sometime in April this year,” he added.

Tuayon also said that while he was detained, he learned that the budget for each detainee is only P52 per day.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on March 22, 2014.

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