Aug 5, 2020 @ 17:56

Bulacan prosecutor’s office orders release from detention of ‘Pandi 4’

The Provincial Prosecutor of Malolos, Bulacan has ordered the immediate release from incarceration of four women who were arrested last July 27 in the town of Pandi for staging an online protest coinciding with President Duterte’s fifth State of the Nation Address.

This was after the criminal charges filed against the so-called ‘ Pandi 4’ — Janet Villamar, Trixie Trenuela, Marilouy Amaro and Edmylyn Gruta — were dropped by the prosecutor’s office.

In a statement, group Kadamay insisted that the women did nothing anything illegal as the Philippine National Police was “just using bullying and scare tactics as part of their continuing repression of activists, dissenters and critics.”

“Patunay na wala namang kasalanan ang Pandi 4. Pero dapat managot pa rin ang mga kapulisan na gumawa ng panunupil at panggigipit sa kanila. Patuloy na nangyayari ito sa Pandi at sa maraming komunidad at ayaw na naming maulit pa ang ganitong kalakaran. Panawagan naming ang tuluy-tuloy na pagkilos laban sa represyong hatid ng rehimeng Duterte at ng Anti-Terror Law,” said Mimi Doringo, Kadamay spokesperson.

The group disclosed that it was seriously considering of filing counter-charges against the police as perpetrators of this injustice.

“Sinungaling ang kapulisan. Maruruming taktika ito, kagaya ng tanim-ebidensya ang isinasagawa para parusahan ang walang kasalanan. Hindi ito gawain ng ilang bulok na pulis kundi salamin ng isang bangkarote na institusyon alinsunod sa kanilang amo sa Malacanang,” said Doringo.

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