- Sec. Leila M. De LimaDepartment of Justice - Philippines
- Hon. Loretta Ann P. RosalesChairperson - Commission on Human Rights
- His Excellency Benigno Simeon Aquino IIIPresident, Republic of the Philippines
FREE SILVERIO 10. FREE HOUSING RIGHTS DEFENDERS.
SILVERIO 10 ARE NOT CRIMINALS. THEY ARE VICTIMS OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS. THEY MUST BE FREED.
SILVERIO 10 are Johary Smith, Alberto Gallemit, Edwin Bustamante, Dennis Cabunot, Vicente Tiongson, Alex Casanova, Ronel Amor, Melvin Mohana, Mark Gil Borbe and Dick Etrata. They are ordinary people who stand for their rights for decent homes and decent life. They work as vendors, construction workers, helper, mechanic, welder and bread winners of their respective families.
They are one of the 33 people who were illegally arrested, tortured and detained during a forced eviction incident in Silverio Compound, San Isidro, Paranaque on April 23, 2012. On that incident, the local government of Paranaque, Philippine National Police and Special Weapons and Tactics brutality and inhumanely disperse the human barricade of Silverio residents who are defending our homes and livelihood.
One died, martyr Arnel Leonor and 14 have gunshot wounds from M16 and armalite rifles. Thirty six (36) people including Shella Bernal, President of the Silverio Community Association in Purok 4 and community leaders were charged with resisting arrest, public disturbance and disobedience to persons in authority.
- Department of Justice - Philippines
Sec. Leila M. De Lima
- Chairperson - Commission on Human Rights
Hon. Loretta Ann P. Rosales
- President, Republic of the Philippines
His Excellency Benigno Simeon Aquino III
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Department Of Justice, Commission on Human Rights & President Aquino.
FREE SILVERIO 10.
JUSTICE TO ALL VICTIMS OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN SILVERIO COMPOUND.
We, families, friends and supporters of Silverio 10 Political Prisoners demand for their immediate release. They are Johary Smith, Alberto Gallemit, Edwin Bustamante, Dennis Cabunot, Vicente Tiongson, Alex Casanova, Ronel Amor, Melvin Mohana, Mark Gil Borbe and Dick Etrata.
They are not criminals but ordinary people who stand for their rights for decent homes and decent life. They work as vendors, construction workers, helper, mechanic, welder and bread winners of their respective families. For two months now, we, the families, wife and children are suffering and striving very hard to live.
We denounce the human rights violations committed to Silverio 10 and to the residents of Silverio Compound. Silverio 10 were illegally arrested, tortured and detained in the midst of forced eviction incident in Silverio Compound, San Isidro, Paranaque on April 23, 2012. On that incident, the local government of Paranaque, Philippine National Police and Special Weapons and Tactics brutality and inhumanely disperse the human barricade of Silverio residents who are defending against the forced eviction of the public market and the whole community.
We are outraged to their continued detention and criminalization. They are the victims. Yet, they are the ones who are languishing in jail. Silverio 10 are among the thirty three (33) people who were illegally arrested and detained on that day and also among the thirty six (36) people including Shella Bernal, President of the Silverio Community Association in Purok 4 and community leaders who were charged with tumults, resisting arrest and disobedience to person in authority.
Silverio 10 were charged with a non bailable case, illegal possession of firearms. But why they are ones charged with such case? It is the policemen who indiscriminately fired guns to the residents which killed young man Arnel Leonor. There were fourteen (14) residents as well obtained gunshot wound from M16 rifles and armalite used by policemen.
Silverio 10 are not criminals but victims who deserve justice and not persecution. They were beaten and tortured during their first few weeks in jail. They were traumatized and endured many sleepless nights thinking of the situation of their families outside and of their freedom.
We are saddened that Philippines as one of the state parties to the International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) is the one that violates human righs; the right to decent homes, livelihood, freedom of expression and assembly and the right to oppose and fight against unjust policies endangering the lives of the poor.
Silverio 10 are urban poor fighting for livelihood and decent homes. Like them, many were also victims of illegal arrest and detention, criminalization and vilification such as in Muntinlupa railway, Corazon de Jesus, Sitio Kadiwa, Navotas, North Triangle, Quezon City and Sitio Fatima, Paranaque. They fought against forced eviction and demolition implemented by the government to give way to so called “development projects”. They were freed because of the broad and warm support from their families, friends and supporters. There were 360+ more political prisoners all over the country who are workers, farmers, indigenous people, students, women, professionals and human rights defenders fighting for jobs, land and meaningful social change.
Please join us in defending our rights and in our quest towards genuine justice.
1. FREE SILVERIO 10 and all political prisoners.
2. JUSTICE FOR ARNEL LEONOR AND ALL VICTIMS OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS.
3. DISMISSED ALL CASES FILED AGAINST SILVERIO COMPOUND LEADERS AND RESIDENTS.
4. STOP DEMOLITION OF HOMES AND LIVELIHOOD IN SILVERIO COMPOUND AND IN OTHER COMMUNITIES.
5. RESPECT THE RIGHT TO ADEQUATE HOUSING AND DECENT LIFE.
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