News Release: State agents must surface & release former youth leader — Casiño

News Release – May 19, 2008
Reference: Bayan Muna Rep. Teodoro Casiño, 0920.9035683
For more information: Vince Borneo, 0927.7968198
Casiño: State agents must surface & release former youth leader
At the House of Representatives, Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño called on AFP Commander-in- Chief Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’ s “to immediately and unconditionally release former youth leader and fellow campus journalist and colleague Randy Felix Malayao who has been forcibly disappeared by suspected Military Intelligence operatives last May 15 in Pasig City.”
Malayao, 39 years old, and resident of of Minanga Norte, San Pablo , Isabela is a Peace consultant for the National Democratic Front of the Philippines in Cagayan Valley , Northern Philippines .
“Malayao served as my Vice President for the Visayas of the College Editors Guild of the Philippines (1992-1994) and was Former Editor-in-Chief of the Ang Mangingisda (The Fisherman), student publication of the University of the Philippines in the Visayas, Miag-ao, Iloilo (1990) where got his BS in Fisheries degree. If he has committed any crime, he must be accorded the rights to due process and not be forcibly disappeared, held incommunicado, tortured or extrajudicially executed,” Casiño said.
The human rights group Karapatan said that on May 15, 2008 at around 8 o’clock in the morning, Malayao was having dinner with his friends at a restaurant in Ortigas when they noticed three men who were suspiciously looking at them (all three men were sporting crew cuts and wearing high-tech communications equipment).  This made them feel uncomfortable since they heard one of the men, said “positive sir,” while still looking at them.
They finished dinner and went their separate ways.  At around 9 P.M., Randy boarded a taxi on his way to a relative’s house in Pasig .  He sent a text message to his friends and relatives that he is on board a taxi and on his way to the relatives’ place.
When his relatives inquired about his location, Randy replied that he was somewhere in Rosario , Pasig and stuck in traffic. By 9:17 P.M. he sent a message that he was being followed.
“Malayao’s relatives said that several weeks ago, officers of the Philippine Army’s 5th Infantry Division bragged over local radio station Bombo Radyo in Cauayan City , Isabela that ‘it was only a matter of time when Malayao would fall into their hands.’ We shall hold Mrs. Arroyo and her AFP generals accountable for this crime against Malayao. He must be immediately surfaced,” Casiño said. #

Vincent Michael L. Borneo
Political Affairs Officer
(Media and Public Relations)
Office of BAYAN MUNA Rep. Teddy A. Casiño
Rm. 508, North Wing Bldg.,
House of Representatives, Quezon City
Telefax no: 931-5911

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