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Liar, liar, pants on fire!

May 25th, 2006

Monday, May 22, 2006:

Virgilio Eustaquio, Ruben Dionisio, Jim Lucio Cabauatan, Dennis Ibuna and Police Officer 3 Jose Justo Curameng — all supporters of former President Estrada were taken from Eustaquio’s house in Kamuning by armed men who did not identify themselves.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006:

Families of the abducted persons went to the ISAFP compound in Camp Aguinaldo searching for their missing kin but ISAFP guards told them the missing men were not inside. On this same day AFP Public Information Chief Col. Tristan Kison denied the five men were being held by the military.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006:

The Commission on Human Rights slammed “a pattern of impunity” that had marked violence against political militants and the Amnesty International deplored continuing human rights abuses in the country.

Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita was quite emphatic. The administration had nothing to do with the disappearance of five supporters of ousted President Joseph Estrada, whom their relatives had reported missing. Ermita told Malacañang reporters: “They will always point the blame against the administration but rest assured that we are not doing it because it would only cause destabilization. Why would we choose those belonging to the opposition, we don’t want to do that. The government is always the natural suspect when these things happen.”

Two hours after Ermita made the statement yesterday, the military confirmed the government had the five in custody.Colonel Tristan Kison, said the five had been in ISAFP’s custody since their arrest.

The police had filed rebellion charges against the five for allegedly plotting to assassinate four Cabinet members — Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez, Presidential Chief of Staff Michael Defensor, Public Works Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane and National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales – a plot conspiracy between rightist elements and communist rebels. “They allegedly hatched the assassination plot in furtherance of rebellion … to paralyze the government … and sow chaos and anarchy,” said Senior State Prosecutor Emmanuel Velasco.

One of the victims, Dionisio, removed his shirt and showed alleged marks of torture when he and his four companions were presented to media last evening. He said electric shocks were applied to his genitals and he was forced to admit to involvement in the plot.

State Prosecutor Velasco denied this claim, he said it was normal for accused people to claim torture.

Well, would you still believe in a Government that can lie to you barefacedly?


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  1. May 26th, 2006 at 11:49 | #1

    The Erap 5 incident has really brought my patience for this gov’t to the hilt—they had been committing mistakes over and over again. Senator Enrile even quipped that even in Martial Law years, arrests were made with warrants but today its far worse. This highhandedness is so Gestapo-like that siguro either talagang malupit lang itong Arroyo administration or its men are just plain dumb that they commit such patent legal blunders with impunity.

    BTW, Congrats sa imung favorite team bay for winning the UEFA Champion’s Cup last week over Arsenal. It was a well-deserved and beautiful win. I watched it on TV and it was the most exciting soccer game I have ever seen for a long long time.

  2. May 27th, 2006 at 21:31 | #2

    Major Tom, the way things are going, I believe fascism is now on the rise.

    Yes, Barca deserved the title although I was only able to watch their final match with Arsenal in a recorded replay. Sayang gyud wala ko katan-aw sa live match.

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