Update: Urgent Alert Action on Randy Malayao


URGENT ACTION ALERT • URGENT ACTION ALERT • URGENT ACTION ALERT

UPDATED REPORT

UA Date: 21 May 2008

UA Title:  UPDATE: Abducted Peace consultant for NDFP in Cagayan Valley, Philippines surfaced in PNP-CIDG’s custody

UA Case: Abduction, Torture, Illegal Arrest & Detention


Victim/s: Randy Felix P. Malayao

  • 39 years old, male
  • Resident of Minanga Norte, San Pablo, Isabela
  • Peace consultant for the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) in Cagayan Valley, Northern Philippines
  • Former youth leader: Vice President for the Visayas of the College Editors Guild of the Philippines (1992-1995) and Former Editor-in-Chief, Ang Mangingisda (The Fisherman), official student publication of University of the Philipppines in the Visayas, Miag-ao in Iloilo (1990) where he attained a BS Fisheries degree.
 

Place of Incident:    In the vicinity of Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines

Date of Incident:     15 May 2008, around 9:00 P.M.

Alleged Perpetrators:    Suspected Military Intelligence Group (MIG) agents

Possible motive: Victim was listed in 2003 as co-accused in the killing of martial law henchman Cagayan Congressman Rodolfo Aguinaldo, a former military colonel. The New People’s Army claimed to have meted death sentence to Aguinaldo in 2001.

Account of Incident:

On May 15, 2008 at around 8 o’clock in the evening, Randy Felix P. Malayao, 39 years old, was having dinner with his friends at a restaurant in SM North EDSA in Quezon City when they noticed two men suspiciously looking at them (both were sporting crew cuts and holding high-tech mobile phones with headsets). One of his female companions noticed the men still observing them, and suggested that they transfer to another place. While leaving, another companion of Randy heard one of the men, said ‘positive sir, positive’ while still following them.

They then proceeded to a fast-food chain along Ortigas Avenue in Pasig City. Again, they noticed a burly man also sporting a crew cut, wearing shorts and slippers and a headset, observing them. This man was accompanied by two more men with the same built and gadgets. Randy told his friends not to worry.

Shortly before 9 P.M., Randy left and walked towards Ortigas Avenue to get a cab but it was difficult to find one so he decided to ride a G-Liner bus instead. He was on his way to a relative’s house in Pasig. He sent a text message to his friends and relatives that he was 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.

It was the last message received from him and his relatives did not hear from him since. He did not make it to his relatives’ house.

Randy’s relatives have again tried to call him several times on his mobile phone but it kept ringing. Sometimes it rings and turns busy and other times they hear music and different sounds as if the phone was being held close to a radio device and then disconnected after a few seconds. The phone could no longer be reached by noontime of May 16.

Malayao was listed in 2003 as a co-accused in the killing of martial law henchman Cagayan Congressman Rodolfo Aguinaldo. Malayao denied his involvement. The New People’s Army claimed to have, under their justice system, meted death sentence to Aguinaldo in 2001 for alleged “crimes against the people.”

Several weeks ago, officers of the 5th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army (5th IDPA) bragged over local radio station Bombo Radyo in Cauayan City in Isabela that it was only a matter of time when Malayao would fall into their hands.

A quick reaction team (QRT) was dispatched by Karapatan and Desaparecidos since Sunday, March 17 after family and friends sought their help.

After five (5) days, around 10:30A.M. of May 20, Randy was presented by the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) to the media at Camp Melchor Dela Cruz in Upi, Gamu, Isabela, Northern Philippines. He was brought before the Regional Trial Court in Tuguegarao, Cagayan and is currently detained in Cagayan Provincial Jail facing murder charges.

According to the victim, he was grabbed by government agents as he went down the bus at around 9:45P.M of May 15. He was shoved inside a vehicle, the model and brand of which he did not know. He was immediately blindfolded and he recalls that he could hear the sound of aircrafts passing above the place he was brought to.

Malayao said he did not have any concept of time while under interrogation. He said the military covered his head with a plastic bag while being hit in different parts of the body. The soldiers threatened that he would be killed and that his mother will never see him again. His blindfold was only removed when he was presented to media on the 20th of May, five days after he was abducted. §

RECOMMENDED ACTION:

Send letters, emails or fax messages expressing indignation and calling for:

1. The immediate formation of an independent fact-finding and investigation team composed of representatives from human rights groups, the Church, local government, and the Commission on Human Rights that will look into the Abduction, Torture, and Illegal Arrest & Detention of Randy Felix Malayao.

2. The arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators of the crime/s of abduction, torture, illegal arrest & detention.

3. The immediate and proper indemnification of the victims; and

4. The Philippine Government to be reminded that it is a signatory to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and that it is also a party to all the major Human Rights instruments, thus it is bound to observe all of these instruments’ provisions.

You may send your communications to:

H.E. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

President of the Republic

Malacanang Palace,

JP Laurel St., San Miguel

Manila Philippines

Voice: (+632) 564 1451 to 80

Fax: (+632) 742-1641 / 929-3968

Cell#: (+ 63) 919 898 4622 / (+63) 917 839 8462

E-mail: corres@op.gov. ph / opnet@ops.gov. ph

Jesus D. Dureza
Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process
*Office of the Peace Process
7th Floor Agustin Building I
Emerald Avenue
Pasig City 1605
Voice:+63 (2) 636 0701 to 066
Mobile:
Fax:+63 (2) 635 9579

osec@opapp.gov. ph

Gilberto C. Teodoro Jr.

Department of National Defense
Room 301 DND Building, Camp Emilio Aguinaldo,
E. de los Santos Avenue
Quezon City
Voice:+63(2) 911-9281 / 911-0488
Fax:+63(2) 911 6213
osnd@philonline. com

Hon. Raul M. Gonzalez
Secretary, Department of Justice

Padre Faura St., Manila

Direct Line 521-8344; 5213721
Trunkline  523-84-81 loc.214
Fax: (+632) 521-1614
Email  sad@doj.gov. ph

Hon. Leila De Lima

Chairperson, Commission on Human Rights

SAAC Bldg., UP Complex

Commonwealth Avenue

Diliman, Quezon City

Philippines

Fax: (+632) 929 0102

Email: drpvq@chr.gov. ph

Please send us a copy of your email/mail/fax to the said government official to our address below.

URGENT ACTION Prepared by:

KARAPATAN (Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights)-National Office

1 Maaralin cor Matatag, Brgy. Central, Quezon City 1100 PHILIPPINES

Voice/Fax: (+632) 435 4146

Emails: <karapatan.pid@ gmail.com> / <karapatan.admin@ gmail.com>

Website: www.karapatan. org

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