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Seventeen years of hell: Hong Kong prisoner recounts his time in Philippine jail
Tang Lung-wai was sentenced to life in the notorious New Bilibid Prison for a drug offence he insists he never committed

Inside his 60 sq ft cell in the notorious New Bilibid Prison in Manila, convicted Hong Kong drug offender Tang Lung-wai completed a mission impossible – writing a book detailing his ordeal in the Philippines over the past 17 years.

He wrote that he was beaten by police officers as he was handcuffed to the cell’s bars, was deprived of food for three days and even worse had his hopes of returning home to Hong Kong dashed again and again.

“[An officer] told me to raise my hands straight up and that only my toes could be touching the floor.


Hong Kong inmates in Manila cry for help

“They handcuffed my hands to the gate. Two officers beat me on my back, bottom and thighs with their batons. All I could do was scream ‘sorry sir! sorry sir!’” he wrote of the encounter when he was detained inside a police facility in 2000.

Tang, now 46, insisted in his Chinese-language book that he was innocent.

He entered the Philippines as a tourist in June 2000 to meet his friend, Cheung Tai-on. The day before he was scheduled to return to Hong Kong, he boarded a taxi to a casino. Two Filipinos forced the door open and dragged him out of the vehicle. After the pair took his wallet, phone, passport and watch, they told him they were police officers. 

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就鄧龍威要求索取2000年的出境紀錄,保安局指會直接回覆當事人並積極跟進。

港人鄧龍威2000年被指在菲律賓藏毒,遭扣留長達 11年才於2011受審,終被判罪成及終身監禁,但鄧一直聲稱冤枉,他繼去年出書講被囚的經歷外,他今年再「冒死」撰寫續集講菲律賓監獄秘聞,更披露了新的法庭文件,顯示菲律賓警方有虛構證供的嫌疑,因菲警曾在法庭上聲稱2000年6月1日起曾於馬尼拉監視鄧龍威12天,但其實當時鄧仍身在香港,根本不可能「被監視」。鄧龍威事件關注組及立法會議員謝偉俊均促請政府盡快提供當年鄧的出境紀錄,讓他取得「不在場證明」進行終極上訴以討公道。

仍在菲律賓New Bilibid Prison(NBP)服刑的港人鄧龍威,繼去年推出黑獄系列第一集後,本月18日將於香港書展推出黑獄系列第二集「黑獄第6330天獄中秘聞」,該書除了講述在在獄中見到的光怪陸離現象包括貪污、貧苦不均、違規管理及華人囚犯實況之外,更披露了他聲稱是冤獄的證據。

事源2000年鄧龍威於菲律賓與至少兩名港人包括張泰安(年前已病逝)曾因涉嫌藏毒被捕,但根據新書披露的新文件,法官審理此案時有警官曾在法庭上作供時,在藏毒案拘人之前,菲警曾於2000年6月1日起一直派員監視案中疑人包括鄧龍威,又指鄧於6月12日曾離開馬尼拉及返港。但鄧堅稱他當年整個六月份直至6月19日才首次乘飛機抵達菲律賓,換言之菲警稱監視行動(1至12日)見到他根本是虛構的,事實上監視行動亦無相片或影片拍下鄧龍威的樣子,故鄧堅稱冤枉。「關注組」又指循非正式途徑取得的菲律賓入境部門紀錄,同樣顯示鄧於2000年6月19日才入境,顯示菲警有虛構監視證供的嫌疑。

但不幸的當年在漫長審訊期間,部分文件已散失,當年代表律師亦因病退休,鄧龍威事件關注組義工Lisa亦指他們非正式取得的文件,並不能在菲律賓終審法院的終極上訴中使用。故鄧龍威本月初已透過一直協助他的立法會議員謝偉俊律師會見保安局長李家超,遞交鄧授權向處方索取當年離港紀錄的信件,以作為終極上訴的重要證據。謝偉俊於fb表示若鄧說法屬實,有關的離境紀錄將會是很有力的「不在場證據」,故他已促請政府協助。


Lisa則坦言鄧龍威在獄中撰寫兩本「黑獄」著作的內容再交香港出書,其實已違反當地監獄規定,去年在港推出首本「黑獄第5730天」的著作講述他遇到的不公平審訊及獄中生活後,鄧曾被監獄方面問話及警告。但鄧仍堅持「冒死」選擇撰寫黑獄系列第二冊並將在港出版,是因為希望多些市民知道菲律賓司法制度及監獄的真相,也希望市民及政府能支持他,因鄧堅稱是冤枉的。另一男義工Winky則指,現時全力搞終極上訴,但即使上訴失敗,他們義工們仍會「隔住(監獄)幅牆支持到尾。」

Lisa憶述去年關注組成立後,雲集了一班不相識的義工,大家願意為懷疑坐冤獄的鄧龍威出錢出力花時間,包括搞街頭募集逾2.5萬個市民簽名、以及籌辦出書及擺街站等活動,有時當獲得市民簽名支持時,她和一班女義工都不禁感動得哭出來。去年黑獄系列第一集《黑獄第5730天》去年出版後賣出了逾七千,並曾在本地暢銷書書榜中排第二位。義工們希望黑獄第二集能同樣獲得成功,以賺得版權費,資助鄧龍威在獄中的生活以及終極上訴的費用。

就鄧龍威要求索取2000年的出境紀錄,保安局發言人指會直接回覆當事人並積極跟進,但又同時指出,一般而言入境事務處未能提供十年前的出入境紀錄。保安局又指關於鄧龍威先生一案,入境事務處協助在外香港居民小組一直與外交部駐香港特別行政區特派員公署和中國駐菲律賓大使館保持聯繫,並按當事人或其家屬的意願,提供切實可行的協助。多年來,小組透過公署和大使館積極跟進個案,包括大使館多次派員探望,要求當地相關部門依法、迅速、公平和公正審理案件,並協助當事人向當地政府反映訴求等。同時,小組、公署和大使館在跟進求助個案時,必須尊重和遵守當地的司法制度。入境處會繼續關注個案,為當事人提供一切可行協助。

港人鄧龍威在菲被判終身監禁後一直堅稱是冤獄,他在新書中披露的新的法庭文件,顯示菲警涉嫌虛構了監視他12天的證供,因他當時根本身在香港。


鄧龍威事件監注組義工Lisa稱,鄧撰寫《黑獄第6330天獄中秘聞》是希望市民知道菲律賓監獄的真相,現時當務之急是取得有力證據為鄧作終極上訴(徐雲庭攝)


鄧龍威事件監注組義工Lisa稱,鄧撰寫《黑獄第6330天獄中秘聞》是希望市民知道菲律賓監獄的真相,現時當務之急是取得有力證據為鄧作終極上訴(徐雲庭攝)


菲律賓警方在法庭上聲稱2000年6月1日起已在馬尼拉監視港人鄧龍威,並指鄧曾於6月12日返港,但據菲律賓入境部門資料,其實鄧龍威在六月份至直6月19日才抵達菲律賓,令人關注菲警的監視證供是否捏造。


菲律賓警方在法庭上聲稱2000年6月1日起已在馬尼拉監視港人鄧龍威,並指鄧曾於6月12日返港,但據菲律賓入境部門資料,其實鄧龍威在六月份至直6月19日才抵達菲律賓,令人關注菲警的監視證供是否捏造。

 

“Someone did indeed knock on the door 15 minutes later. I opened the door as the police told me to do. I saw the eight officers who were with us a while ago,” Tang wrote. “They started searching the room and five minutes later found a big plastic bag under the bed in the bedroom. There were four paper boxes inside, with each box carrying two bags of [methamphetamine].”
I lost my husband to Duterte’s war on drugs
Tang was detained for 10 dark years before court proceedings started in 2010 – log-jams in the nation’s legal system are common.
I wanted to let Hong Kong and all people know of the injustice I experienced. Over the years, the Hong Kong government never really helped me
TANG LUNG-WAI, PRISONER
He was sentenced to life in 2011. As a life sentence in the Philippines is 40 years, Tang wrote, he should be released on June 9, 2032 after deducting public holidays.
In 2008, he tried to hang himself with a string. It snapped as he struggled.
“It was in 2013 that I started to have the idea of writing a book. I wanted to let Hong Kong people know of the injustice I experienced. Over the years, the Hong Kong government never really helped me,” he told the Post.
“When you are feeling miserable and helpless, you can read my book and you may feel that I am in a more miserable situation than you are. Don’t say you don’t want to live any more.”
Tang wrote his 205-page book inside his small cell in a two-storey facility he bought for HK$2,000. There is a bed, a chair and a small table inside. Philippine prisons are run differently than those in Hong Kong.
New Bilibid Prison is home to some of the most notorious criminals. Last September, a riot broke out in which a high-profile inmate was killed and others injured.
Tang writes about witnessing murders and other kinds of violence and hearing gunshots inside the prison.
“All I can do is wait for the day when I am set free so I can return to the place I call home,” he wrote.
His book will be on sale at the annual Hong Kong Book Fair which opens on July 19.



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