URGENT ACTION ALERT
For Valentine’s Day
Join the call to action to #LoveOurFreedomFighters and support political prisoners in the Philippines!
Background: From the 15th-19th of January this year, 491 political prisoners in the Philippines conducted a hunger strike to call attention to their unjust imprisonment and the state-sponsored repression of activists under the watch of President B.S. Aquino. While the hunger strike was a constitutionally-protected act by the prisoners, the state retaliated by blocking visitors to ALL prisoners– even doctors and lawyers were prevented from entering. At the Special Intensive Care Area 1 (SICA) of the Metro Manila District Jail at Camp Bagong Diwa, jail warden Michelle Ng-Bonto blamed her illegal and repressive actions on the political prisoners–and she provoked members of the notorious Sputnik gang to harass and threaten the political prisoners.
As a result, the health and lives of political prisoners are currently in danger, and they are asking for international support to end the threats and repression.
What you can do:
- Sign the letter to President Aquino, Secretary Quinto-Deles, Secretary Gazmin, Secretary DeLima, Secretary Roxas, Chairwoman Rosales, Jail Director Mamaril, and Jail Warden Ng-Bonto demanding a stop to the repression and a full investigation of Warden Ng-Bonto.
- Send your own letter to President Aquino, Secretary Quinto-Deles, Secretary Gazmin, Secretary DeLima, Secretary Roxas, Chairwoman Rosales, Jail Director Mamaril, and Jail Warden Ng-Bonto demanding a stop to the repression and a full investigation of Warden Ng-Bonto. See demands and addresses/email addresses for recipients in Karapatan’s URGENT APPEAL TO ACTION: Denounce Repressive Measure of Jail Authorities Against Political Prisoners
- Send some love to the political prisoners for their courage to fight for justice, peace and sovereignty for the Philippines! On Valentines Day, Tweet or post a selfie with the hashtags #LoveOurFreedomFighters and #FreeAllPoliticalPrisoners
Demanding fair wages for workers…food and shelter for victims of typhoons…land for farmers and indigenous people…and peace and sovereignty instead of militarization is NOT a crime! Thank you for joining BAYAN-USA’s call to action to support Filipino teachers, women, farmers, youth, journalists, workers and other Freedom Fighters imprisoned by Aquino.
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