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Finally, DOJ takes notice of poet-activist’s plea

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ERICSON Acosta now in Calbayog sub-provincial jail in Samar. DENNIS LONGID

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima on Tuesday ordered the “immediate disposition” of a petition for review filed by detained poet-activist Ericson Acosta, who is currently confined at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) in Quezon City.

Acosta had sought a meeting with De Lima, complaining in a letter that he was arrested 23 months ago in Samar without a warrant and was tortured, while his petition for a review of his case has been pending at the justice department for several months.

De Lima, in a response texted to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, said she would not be  able to meet with Acosta.

“I am not sure if I can accommodate (his) request for a meeting,” she said in a text message.

But De Lima said she had “already directed the immediate disposition of his petition for review.”

Acosta, 40, was arrested by the military in San Jorge, Samar, on suspicion of membership in the rebel New People’s Army. He was charged with illegal possession of explosives. Acosta claimed he only carried a laptop and was doing volunteer research work for a local peasant group. He has been detained at the Calbayog subprovincial jail.

The National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) on Tuesday protested the way Acosta, who was recently granted a medical furlough, was being handcuffed to his bed at the hospital, among other “overkill security measures.”

The NUPL, Acosta’s counsel, also deplored the stationing of what it described as “Rambo-type guards” at the NKTI and called visitor restrictions “exaggerated and unreasonable.”

“It is cruel, it is degrading and it is even inhuman. This is another clear and shameless proof that the poor and powerless are treated differently from the rich and influential,” NUPL secretary general Edre Olalia said in a text message sent to the Inquirer.

The NUPL said high-profile detainees such as former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, former elections Chief Benjamin Abalos Sr. and Philippine Charity and Sweepstakes Office ex-Chairman Manuel Morato, among others were treated leniently when they were hospitalized despite the fact that the charges they were facing were “far greater, serious and well-grounded” compared to Acosta.

According to the Free Ericson Acosta Coalition, a multisectoral group supporting the detainee, 10 fully armed personnel from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) were stationed at Acosta’s hospital room not only to guard him but to see to it that he is handcuffed to his bed at all times.

The BJMP has also banned Acosta’s visitors, including family members and paralegal consultants, from using their mobile phones whenever they are visiting him.

Acosta’s supporters said there was no need for overkill security measures as his visitors were mostly family members, artists and cultural workers.

A Samar court granted Acosta’s motion for a medical checkup last week after a medical team from the Public Attorney’s Office confirmed he was suffering from nephritis, a condition characterized by blood in the urine (hematuria), lower back pains, high fever and painful urination (dysuria).


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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002322832774 Eugenio Bravo

    ganyan talaga pag nagtanggol ka at para ka sa mahirap  komunista ka na at dudukutin ka kailan kaya matatapos ang ganito ka baboy na lipunan
     

    • MULEN

      Oo nga no. Hindi komunista ang tutulong sa mga mahirap kasi tamad at mangongotong  ang CPP/NPA, sobrang pahirap pa sa mga tao sa kanayunan. Gustong tumanggap ng kotong kaysa magbanat ng buto. May mga investments sa kanayunan, sinabotahe ang operasyon dahil hindi nakatanggap ng kotong kaya ayon marami ang nawawalan ng trabaho tsk tsk tsk. 

      • Gretchen Wieners

        yung ngangongotong yung mga militar at pulis nagnanakaw ng manok sa probinsya at yung mga opisyal ng gobyerno. hahaha nagbabanat daw ng buto o. kakatawa tsk tsk tsk

      • magiting78

        Buto nila ang binabanat…Buto(burat) lolz

      • Magsasaka

         tsismis na propaganda pa, ano naman masasabi mo sa mga magnanakaw na pulis at militar?

      • generalproblem

        oy antonio luna tumigil kana aminin mo na ang mga npa ay walang pingakaiba sa tulisan yung amo nyo si sison iba iba ang chicks. dagdagan nyo pa ang kotong nyo kinukulang yata sya ng budget

      • Magsasaka

        wala akong aaminin kasi wala naman akong alam dyan, ikaw magkano naibahagi sa iyo ng mga magnanakaw na heneral ng AFP at PNP?

    • LAD

       pwedi ka naman kasing tumulong sa mahihirap ng di ka matatawag na komunista, eh di gawin mo magcoordinate ka sa mga militar ilatag mo sa kanila yung  paraan ng pagtulong mo. kaso meron yata talagang ibang motibo ,

      • Magsasaka

        ilalatag sa militar?alam mo bang mayroon tayong civilian government?alam mo bang civilian prevails over military at yaan ay nakasaad sa ating salingang batas?
        dito sa pinas kapag progresibo ang takbo ng utak mo pipinturahan ka kaagad ng pula para ng sa gayon ay wala ng makinig sa iyo

      • ApoNiLolo

        “alam mo bang mayroon tayong civilian government?alam mo bang civilian
        prevails over military at yaan ay nakasaad sa ating salingang batas?”

        By law – yes! But in the Philippine context, especially in the rural so-called “infested” area, are these laws or any law for that matter, being followed to the letter?

        Your looking at the situation with your heart and not with your head. Arguing what should be, because its the law and not what’s the reality, because you’re in a “war zone”.

        sarapbuhay is right, one should coordinate with the military if one does some activities on areas “controlled” by the left leaning group.

      • Magsasaka

        my head says we should follow our laws and the law of the land should be the reality ideally, but i agree with you on the reality side

      • boss_dolpo

        naka punta kana ba sa kanayunan?? sa samar sa tarlac sa negros?? ang problema dito eh balita lang ang nakikita nyo, hindi nyo alam kung sino ang tunay na nag aabuso at naghahariharian sa kanayunan. Tinatawag ho silang sandatahang lakas ng pilipinas o AFP. Pumunta kayo ng kanayunan para malaman nyo ang totoong sitwasyon bago kayo mag propaganda ng inyung katangahan.

      • ApoNiLolo

        Bago ka mang husga at mang insulto, alamin mo muna kung ano ang tinutukoy ko at kung ano ang pagkatao ng kausap mo. Wala kang kamuwang-muwang kung ano ako nung kabataan ko at hindi mo naintindihang mabuti kung ano ang paksang pinag-uusapan namin. Ni hindi mo alam kung anong pinag-sasabi mo. Nasaan ang propagandang tinutukoy mo sa sinulat ko? Kung meron mang nag kakalat ng katangahan dito, hindi ako yun. >: D

      • LAD

         alam mo antonio luna yung sinabi kung ilatag mo sa kanila yung plano mong pagtulong yun ay para walang gulo, dito sa aming baryo ultimong 3 ektaryang lupa mo hihingian ka ng mga npa,nung araw yun, pero nagsawa na rin kami at naisip namin na kami ang nagpapagod tapos dadating itong mga npa manghihingi na akala mo pinagpaguran nila yung ani namin, kaya naisip namin na sumampol na kami at kung pwedi kakatayin na namin pagmeron pang naghingi , ito di na namin ipapaalm sa militar o pulis kasi madaming kaekekan na kesa idaan sa korte at human rights daw. natunugan yata ito ng mga tulisan kaya tahimik ngayon sa amin.

      • Magsasaka

        ok brader ikaw ang nakakaramdam ng totoong pangyayari dyan, sa probinsya din namin may ganyan, dose pares ang tawag sa kanila mga tulisan talaga hindi NPA, ayon isa isa rin silang pinatay ng taong bayan

      • magiting78

        Makasabat n Antonio..Yung Dose Pares ay galamay ng NPA…meron din s amin yan..cla yung collector ng NPA..
        Sa probinsya namin s Bicol tulad ng sinabi ni Sarap…mga NPA sinusungkit mo palang ang niyog para koprahin naka abang n ang mga NPA para kunin ang 60% ng kikitain..gnun cla ka gahaman..Kunyari para s mahirap well actually ayaw nila umunlad yung mga mahihirap upang maakay nila s samahan parang mga pulitiko din ayaw umunlad para magamit s election.

      • LAD

         mayo man pakaaram ining si antonio luna sa mga pigtataram nya, basi sana sa mga nabasa nya garo, mayong actual na encouter sa mga bandidong npa. dai bale pataramon ta lang ta herak man

      • magiting78

        Iyo ngani…dae nya cguro naranasan mag turog sa paksol ta pigraratratan kan NPA an mga harong n dai nag tatao..Tpos gadanan nin kapamilya ta habo mag tau nin kopras…nuarin kaya mauubos ining mga komunista na ini para matuninong n ang bikol

      • Magsasaka

        i heard a different story some even said they were military dressed as tulisan to discredit the left.

      • magiting78

        That’s the left said they point their fingers on military but for us who actually saw it was not military they were NPA, how can I say? because some of their members are our neighbors, people’s from other barangays, you know in bicol even 5 barangays in between we can still recognize the people.

      • Magsasaka

        my relatives are not left, they were victims of those dose pares, if you have firsthand info and so am i, my relatives are neutral

      • magiting78

        Yes, if your relatives was neutral and they were killed by 12pares..Those people are from left you know why because the left wants the people to be on their side if you are neautral or not with them you are an enemy…That’s their principles, I knew it because I once recruited by them and they made a lectures…

      • Magsasaka

        ahahaha parang tsismis na ang sinasabi mo kabaliktaran

      • magiting78

        Tulad ng karanasan nyo pre kami din s bikol gnun din ginagawa nila…sinusungkit palang ang niyog para koprahin naka abang na sila…inaararo palang ang sakahan naka toka n kung ilang kaban ang ibibigay s kanila. At yung mga kumander kinukuha mismo yung lupa at kukuha ng magsasaka para s kanila…Kaya yung iba sa amin sumama sa CAFGU para tuldukan cla..ayun sa awa nmn nalipol sila s baranggay namin pero marami nag buwis buhay.

  • AlexanderAmproz

    Philippines is more fun…

    I will trust Leila de Lima, she is a nice hope for the country improvements,

    sincere honesty is so rare among officials, such a hard task waiting for her.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GG4T5UNZ3P7SCHSRNJ7PF5JZMM Jimmy

    Ganyan naman talaga ang katwiran ng mga komunistang yan na sila ay inaapi pag nahuli..!!! Paano naman yong mga kawawang pamilya ng mga sundalong inambus nila..???? Paano ang pamilya ng mga barangay chairman o konsehal na pinapatay nila kapag hindi sumama sa npa..??? Paano…?????!!!!!!!

    • juansanmateo

      brilliant reasoning for an idiot

      • LAD

         nagbibigay lang naman sya ng kanyang kuro kuro, baka yun lang naman ang abot ng kanyang kaisipan wag ka namang sungit at bastos sayang marunong ka pa naman sana mag inglis

    • Magsasaka

       ang babaw mo pala, para mo na ring sinabing idamay kahit sino kahit walang armas ituring na may armas, kaya nga pagkagagaling pumatay ng mga pulis at militar ng mga walang laban, kaya nga may katulad ni marantan na ginawa ng parte ng kanyang buhay ang PAPUTOK/fake encounters dahil kapag kapwa na nila armado ang kaharap nila biglang naglalaho ang mga bayag nila

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MLD4OKCRPD4PLQOEWMYBRELWG4 Cola

    DE LIMA should be asked HOW MANY Petitions for Review are PENDING at the DOJ.  NAPAKARAMI, at karamihan dun ay kaso ng mga HINDI maykaya. Tamad din iyang si DE LIMA.

    • anak_ng_bayan

      Walang media mileage eh…

      • magiting78

        So ibig sabihin namimili din ang mga media..pag hnd bigatin hnd pansin pag ordinaryong mamayan hnd pansin..nasan n ang patas n pamamahayag..selective din pala..

  • boybakal

    Good that De Lima took notice on this Poet activist.
    Poets are vanishing breed, they are endangered specie.
    We don’t have poets around anymore. So when you heard about this poet, I can’t believe that we have still a living poet.
    Unluckily, he is in prison instead of honing his poetry.

    People nowadays, notably teenagers are in hip hop, rap. Gone are the days of Francisco Balagtas, the only known poet of ours.
    Anyway, I hope that he be out soon.
    For the poet, don’t lose hope.

    A poem to remember:

    Ibon mang may layang lumipad
    Kulungin mo at umiiyak
    Bayan pa kayang sakdal dilag
    Ang di magnasang makaalpas! 

    Pilipinas kong minumutya
    Pugad ng luha ko’t dalita
    Aking adhika,
    Makita kang sakdal laya.



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