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ERICSON ACOSTA, a Filipino poet, journalist and songwriter was arrested without warrant by members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines February 13, 2011, while conducting human rights and environmental research in an upland village in Samar island.

After three days of interrogation and torture, a trumped-up charge of illegal possession of explosive was filed against him to justify his arrest .The Amnesty International has expressed concern over rights violations in the conduct of Acosta’s arrest and detention.

After more than a year in detention, his Petition for Review is still pending before the Philippines' Department of Justice (DOJ). His counsel already filed a motion for immediate resolution of the review before the DOJ. Acosta is currently facing health problems because of dismal prison conditions. 

Acosta was named finalist of the 2011 Freedom to Create Imprisoned Artist Prize along with other imprisoned artists from Burma and Tibet.

There are more than 400 political prisoners unjustly detained by the Philippine government today. Help end political persecution in the Philippines. FREE ERICSON ACOSTA! FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS IN THE PHILIPPINES NOW!

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