CEGP Press Release:CEGP condemns abduction, torture of former student leader


May 22, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Reference:
Vijae Alquisola, Deputy Secretary-General, 09162034402

CEGP condemns abduction, torture of former student leader

The College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP) condemns in strongest terms the illegal abduction and emotional and physical torture of former student leader Randy Malayao by suspected Military Intelligence Group agents (MIG).

Malayao was CEGP Vice-President for Visayas in 1991-1994.

Malayao was forcibly abducted last May 15. Last May 20, he 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.

He was then brought to the Regional Trial Court in Tuguegarao, Cagayan and is now being held at the Cagayan Provincial Jail under murder charges.

Malayao is a Peace Consultant for the National Democratic Front of the Philippines in Cagayan Valley. He was included as one of the co-accused in the killing of notorious martial law torturer Rodolfo Aguinaldo in 2003. Malayao denied the charges.

According to Malayao’s account as per human rights group Karapatan, “… 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… recalls that he could hear the sound of aircrafts passing above the place he was brought to…(h)e 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.”

“We are on one hand relieved while at the same time outraged by this development. Relieved that our dear alumnus is alive, outraged that he has been subjected to severe torture and his right to due process ignored and outrightly violated,” said Vijae Alquisola, CEGP Deputy Secretary-General.

“His being presented to the media by authorities after his five-day absence attests to the PNP and AFP’s extra-judicial and unlawful tactics in persecuting government critics. This is shameful and a cause for considerable alarm,” Alquisola said.

Alquisola said that regardless of his political affiliation, Malayao should not have been illegally abducted and tortured ‘under any circumstance. ‘ “He has apparently been working underground for more than a decade and his contemporaries and fellow Guilders respect his choice. The AFP and PNP still had no right and license under law to do to him or anyone what they did.”

“The CEGP hands to Malayao its deepest respect for his determination to stand up to his convictions, even under torture and duress. He is still what he was and more when he served us our student leader.”

Malayao was the Editor-in-Chief for two consecutive years of Mangingisda, the official campus publication of UP Visayas in Miag-Ao. He is also a brother and alumnus of the Beta Sigma fraternity in the UP Visayas.

He was elected CEGP Vice-President for Visayas during Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casino’s term as CEGP President in 1991-1994. ###

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