Nov 24, 2021 @ 17:20

Group welcomes acquittal of 2 activists by the Manila RTC

Human rights group Karapatan on Wednesday welcomed the acquittal of women’s rights activist Cora Agovida and urban poor organizer Michael Bartolome from trumped-up charges filed against them by police before the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 19.

Agovida and Bartolome were among those whose homes and offices were raided by the police in October to November 2019 in Manila and Negros using questionable search warrants.

The couple were with two of their young children when the police raided their home in the dead of the night.

The Manila court’s acquittal of Agovida and Bartolome followed the Quezon City court’s acquittal of Esterlita Suaybaguio of similar trumped-up charges in September this year.

These court decisions reaffirm the assertions of those unjustly arrested and detained that there were violations of their rights to due process, that evidence were planted against them, and that the charges are all made up by a regime that desperately seeks to silence activists and defenders.

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