UP community calls for release of Amanda Echanis

UP community calls for release of Amanda Echanis

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University of the Philippines Community started this petition to Duterte Administration

We UP students, faculty, alumni and other community members call for the immediate release of peasant advocate Amanda Echanis and her month-old baby Randall Emmanuel and for the trumped-up charges filed against her to be dropped. 

A former student of the College of Arts and Letters UP Diliman, Amanda is a daughter of veteran activists. Before studying in UP, she graduated from the Philippine High School for the Arts in Makiling. She and her family were no strangers to state repression and human rights violations. Her father Randall Echanis was murdered earlier this year and his case remains unsolved.  

Amanda took the road less travelled and served the urban poor and peasantry. She wrote “Nanay Mameng, Isang Dula”, painted, and shot films about the plight of the basic masses while working with the urban poor. Recently after giving birth, she assisted relief operations in flooded communities in the town of Baggao in Cagayan. 

On December 2, she was arrested in Barangay Carupian, Baggao town in Cagayan by combined forces of PNP Cagayan, CIDG and AFP and is currently detained at Camp Adduru, CIDG Region 2 in Tuguegarao City. She was accused of being a ranking member of the New People's Army in Cagayan, and was charged with fabricated cases of illegal possession of firearms and explosives. The raid on her house happened even before a search warrant was even presented. 

A week before her arrest, it can be recalled that she was accused, without evidence, of being a member of the CPP-NPA during a Senate Hearing on red-tagging. 

We believe Amanda is innocent of the charges being hurled against her. It is absurd that a nursing mother would even possess a cache of firearms, ammunition, and explosives at her home. This modus of planting evidence to target dissenters must stop. Is this how they also plan to implement the anti-terror law? 

We demand that Amanda and her baby be released on humanitarian and just grounds immediately. 

Release Amanda Echanis and baby Randall Eman now! 

#FreeAmandaEchanis and her one month-old baby boy
#NoToRedTagging
#FreeAllPoliticalPrisoners
#StopTheAttacks

 

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