Photos: Tagaytay 5 Salo-Salo


HULING LAGAPAK NG KANDADO

ni Axel Pinpin

Kumupas at kumupis ang kalendaryo
Kumalampag at ipininid ang kandado
Kumupad at bumilis ang oras
Nagasgas at numipis ang rehas
Dumatal at umalis ang lamig
Sumagad at umibis ang init
Nangutya at tiniis ang inip
Nanuya at nanikis ang inis

Walong daan at limampu’t siyam na araw
Paulit-ulit, paikid-ikid lamang na galaw

Dalawang taon at apat na buwan
Pabalik-balik, paikit-ikit lamang na kawalan

Ninakaw, inagaw ang kalayaang inakalang
maitatangkal sa kalaliman ng kadiliman
ng libingan ng mga buhay at matatabunan
ng tambak ng batas na butas
na nauna pang maagnas at ipag-aguniyas
ang kamatayan ng sirkerong testigo na di-bihasa
sa kinabisang panulayan at panimbangan.
Ay! Nagkandudulas sa lubid ng kasinungalingang
ibinuhol ng buhong na piskal, nagkandabulol
at nagkandahulog ang katwiran
na nagiging mahika-blanka
sa tuwing kabulaanan ang bumubulagang
sorpresa sa kahon ng ebidensya at hindi
kunehong puti na sana’y mabilis at malinis
na lilinlang sa namanghang mga
mamamayang bantay sa katarungan
sa sala ng Hukom na nagmistulang karnabal.

Walong daan at limampu’t siyam na araw
Paulit-ulit, paikid-ikid lamang na galaw

Dalawang taon at apat na buwan
Pabalik-balik, paikit-ikit lamang na kawalan

At sa isang iglap, walang nakakurap,
Tapos na ang palabas!

*Kalalaya lamang ng awtor mula sa bilangguan noong Agosto 28, 2008. Si Pinpin ay kabilang sa tinaguriang ‘Tagaytay 5’ na hinuli at ibinilanggo ng mga pulis noong Abril 28, 2006 dahil sa kasong ‘ rebelyon’ na sa huli’y ibinasura ng korte.

CASE NO: 00001

PETITIONERS: Raymond Manalo, et. al

RESPONDENTS: The Secretary of National Defense, the Chief of Staff, Armed Forces of the Philippines

DATE FILED: 8-23-07 (filed with SC)

PERSONS IN WHOSE FAVOR THE WRIT IS BEING SOUGHT: Raymond Manalo and Reynaldo Manalo

PERSONALITY: sons of Rolando Manalo, also known as Ka Bestre, political activist

NOTE: Originated as a special proceedings for habeas corpus commenced on 5-12-06; decision of the Court of Appeals was elevated to the Supreme Court; petition was considered as a petition for the writ of amparo after the Amparo Rule took effect on 10-27-07.

ALLEGATIONS:

On 2-14-06, unidentified armed men [allegedly military personnel and Citizens Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) auxillaries] forcibly took the petitioners from their home in Bulacan. During torture, the soldiers asked Raymond if he was a member of the NPA; where his comrades were, how many soldiers he had killed and how (many) NPA members he had helped. Gen. Palparan allegedly talked to them to tell their parents never to attend the hearing [on the Petition for Habeas Corpus], rallies and not to seek help from the Karapatan and the “Human Right.” Raymond was brought to his house to talk to his parents. One Hilario also told his parents that if they disobey, they will not see their children again. On 8-13-07, the petitioners escaped. The Court of Appeals, in its Decision of 21-26-07, granted the privilege of the Writ of Amparo.

DECISION/REMARKS:

  1. Promulgated 12-26-07 – Privilege of Amparo GRANTED; Writ Petition for Review on Certiorari file before the Supreme Court.

  1. Petition filed 8-23-07

  1. Decision 12-26-07

Privilege of the Writ of Amapro GRANTED

The respondents SECRETARY OF NATIONAL DEFENSE and AFP CHIEF OF STAFF are hereby REQUIRED:

1) To furnish to the petitioners and to this Court within five days from notice of this decision all official and unofficial reports of the investigation undertaken in connection with their case, except those already on file herein;

2) To confirm in writing the present places of official assignment of M/Sgt Hilario aka Rollie Castillo, and Donal Caigas within five days from notice of this decision.

3) To cause to be produced to this Court all medical reports, records and charts, reports of any treatment given or recommended and medicines prescribed, if any, to the petitioners, to include a list of medical and personnel (military and civilian) who attended to them from February 14, 2006 until August 12, 2007 within five days from notice of this decision.”

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Press Release – August 28, 2008

Dismissal of trumped-up charges and release of Tagaytay 5, a victory for human rights – KARAPATAN

The human rights alliance KARAPATAN expressed elation over the release of Tagaytay 5 and the dismissal of the trumped-up rebellion raps filed against them.

“The dismissal of trumped-up charges and release of Tagaytay 5 is a victory for human rights,” said Ruth Cervantes, KARAPATAN Public Information Officer.

Aris Sarmiento, Axel Pinpin, Riel Custodio, Michael Masayes and Rico Ybañez, collectively known as the Tagaytay 5 were released from prison at 4PM today, August 28 (Thursday).

Cervantes said of the decision to dismiss the case and free the five, “The stroke of the judge’s pen is a vindication of our conviction that those who work for a better society must not be criminalized and must be set free.”

“We congratulate those who have worked for the freedom of Tagaytay 5 and those who continue to fight the Arroyo regime’s sinister moves to foist false cases against social activists who fight for people’s rights,” Cervantes said.

KARAPATAN welcomes Tagaytay 5 to their new-found freedom and urged them to file criminal charges against state security forces that abducted them, kept them incommunicado and detained them despite their innocence.

“Human rights violations continue to be committed under this regime and it is justified to fight back and combat impunity,” Cervantes said.

KARAPATAN also reiterated their call to implement UN Special Rapporteur Philip Alston’s recommendations to abolish the Inter-Agency Legal Action Group (IALAG) that is orchestrating the fabrication of criminal charges against activists and critics of the Arroyo regime.###

KUNG PAANO PASLANGIN ANG PAGKABAGOT SA LOOB NG KARSEL

ni Alex Pinpin

Ipunin ang agiw sa kisameng kabelya
At isupot sa plastik ng rasyong patola.

Is-isin ang lagkit sa malamig na pader
At kulapulan ng irap ang nakahubong poster.

Dangkalin ang sahig at kunin ang distansya
Ng langit at impyernong tinamasa sa lupa.

Aralin ang kultura ng ipis, langgam at daga,
Ihambing sa buhay mong sa bilibid nakalungga.

Magsubo ng sigarilyo pero huwag sindihan
Hayaang maluray sa ngitngit ng bagang.

Magbunot ng balbas at idikit sa salamin,
Tarahan ang araw nang kawalang-kapiling.

Sagutan ang crossword, Su Doku’t blind item;
Makipagsagutan sa bantay, kalampagin ang karsel.

Taluntunin ang radyo at makinig sa drama,
Lumiham kay Tiya Dely at magpadala ng tula.

Maghinuko, maghiso, maligo at maghinuli;
Masdan ang kuko, ngipin, katawan at hinugasang budhi.

Humiga nang patihaya saka dume-kuwatro.
(Ganito ang sunod na gawin, pero wag magpabuko:)

Hintaying magka-agiw ang ipis sa kisame, sipingan ang langgam sa dingding;
Makipagniig sa daga sa sahig, sigarilyo’y muling sipsipin.

Kapain ang kinis ng pisngi, ikumot ang bali-balita;
Wag nang buhayin ang radyo, palayain ang diwa.

At saka ka makipaghabulan sa bagal ng oras
At sa di-maabutang kupad nang gulong ng batas.

(Mapapawi ngayon ang limbo ng iyong panglaw
At malilimutan mong wala na sa iyong dumadalaw.)


ON THE RELEASE (Finally!) OF THE TAGAYTAY FIVE

Today, e-mails went back and forth with the happy news that Riel R. CUSTODIO, Aristides Q. SARMIENTO, Axel Alejandro A.PINPIN, Enrico Y. YBANEZ, and Michael M. MASAYES, collectively known as the “Tagaytay Five,” have all been released from detention and that the rebellion charges against them have been dismissed in court!

It has been a difficult period for these political prisoners from the day of their illegal arrest in April 28, 2006 and all throughout their detention. They were tortured, rendered incommunicado and denied counsel for days after their arrest, subjected to inhumane prison conditions and plagued with numerous delays to have their day in court. For their work with the peasants and farmers, they have been targeted and vilified as terrorists. As political prisoners, they were treated by the military and the government as being guilty until proven innocent.

Men of lesser principles would have succumbed to despair but not these men. The “Tagaytay Five” fought with the weapons they wielded behind bars – their fasting and hunger strike, their poetry, and their militancy. Their fierce determination and strong faith that pressure from inside and outside of prison would ultimately unlock their prison doors never wavered.

While the judicial ruling released the “Tagaytay Five,” we see this order as the culmination of the arduous campaign that these detainees, their families, supporters, human rights groups and people’s organizations have worked on for over two years.

Truth is stronger than evil. Truth outweighs lies and falsehoods anytime, anywhere. Truth finds allies and friends everywhere in the world. And the “Tagaytay Five” proved just that.

However, justice for these detainees will not be complete until punishment is meted out to those state security forces who abducted them, tortured them, kept them incommunicado and detained them despite their innocence. The unjust detention has caused the detainees and their families a lot of emotional suffering as well. No less than the Commission on Human Rights recently recommended the filing of criminal and administrative charges against the Cavite Police and the Naval Intelligence and Security Force for human rights violations committed against the “Tagaytay Five.” It is time that the military learn that they are not above the law.

We join the “Tagaytay Five” and their families in their celebration of their freedom from detention.

29 August 2008
CANADA-PHILIPINES SOLIDARITY FOR HUMAN RIGHTS (CPSHR) Vancouver, B.C. Canada
Email: cps_hr@yahoo.ca

DA MISADBENTYUR OP BILLY

ni Axel Pinpin

Humagunot ang hagot ng putok

magkalabang panig ay napalunok

isa man sa kanila’y walang tepok

Pak-pak! Lagapak ang rat-ratan

nang sa gitna’y may tumimbwang

Hiyaw: Huwag! ‘Wag! Si Billy yan!

Nag-init ang daliri sa gatilyo

ang malansang dugo ay sumubo

Patay! Sabing si Billy yan! Hesusmiyo!

Nag-ceasefire: tumambak ang kaswalti

Kulang ang body bag para kay Billy.

ANADER MISADBENTYUR OP BILLY

ni Axel Pinpin

Dalwampung magsasaka’y dinakip

Kinargang parang baboy sa dyip

Ser! Si Billy yan! Hesusmaryosep!

Limang biyahero’y diniskaril

sa Camp Vicente Lim ay ikinarsel

Nakupo! Sinabing si Billy yan. Ser!

Patas ang bilang ng pinapaslang,

Dinukot at nasa bilangguan

Susme! Si Billy yan! Si Billy yan!

Binuriki ng baril ang lawanit

dugo ni Billy ang sumilarit

INA KA NAMIN

ni Axel Pinpin

O, Inang Gloriang maluwalhati

Ina ka ng lahat

Ina ng awa

Sa kayraming naging kaawa-awa

Ina ng laging saklolo

Sa iyong asawa, anak, kaanak, inaanak

O, Ina, Ina ka ng lahat

Kaina-Inahan kang nagluwal ng

Inalipin

Inaba

Inapi

Inabuso

Inaglahi

Inagawan

Inalimura

Inalipusta

Inakupu! Tanging Ina ka namin

Bukod tangi ka nang walang inamin.

Arkibong Bayan

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