Last December last year 2011,a group of prisoners which they call themselves as ‘”political prisoners” go on hunger strike to call for president Noynoy Aquino to help them on their state and ask the president to withdraw ‘baseless charges” against them and grant them unconditional amnesty. But however, one of the spokesman of the Aquino government, Edwin Lacierda deny that there are so-called “political prisoners” in the country today which of course consequently disheartened this group of prisoners which they call themselves as “political prisoners”, saying, “…the current number of political prisoners in the country is zero…”
But they insist they are; but are they are really?
According to them most of them were falsely charged with the same charges which is the “illegal possession of explosives” wherein they were perceived as members of any active armed groups in the Philippines like the New People’s Army (NPA) or the Moros of MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front) or members of the Abu Sayyaf group, whereas, according to them were not true but just somewhat planted and frame-up and were arrested while doing their usual civil activities.
Therefore, if they are falsely charged to have explosives, then they are not true “political prisoners” but rather made to be like it. For if they admit they are indeed a political prisoners, they are already admitting that the charges charged upon them is indeed true and not false because a political prisoners as define is someone who is arrested and incarcerated illegally and put on unfair trial, only because one either have strong dissenting political views that has the tendency to be treasonous or someone is an accomplice of a treasonous act or have connivance and association with a political figure or political group that opposes vehemently the mainstream governance like the New People’s Army (NPA),Abu Sayaff, and MILF in the Philippines who have very strong opposite views regarding governance of the mainstream government.
Moreover, neither they are “Prisoner of Conscience(PoC)” too because they were not arrested due to their own set of belief systems either religious or political or race but according to them, they were just Falsely accused of “Baseless Charges”, thus they were arrested and incarcerated.
They should stop labeling themselves and claiming themselves to be real ‘political prisoners” and asking for unconditional amnesty if they are just falsely build up to be through false charges that will make them “political prisoners”. They should stop on repeatedly claiming and telling on the public they are political prisoners if they are indeed innocent of the false charges that insinuates them to be “political prisoners”, else they are only proving that they are guilty of the charges.
But rather, if they are indeed innocent of the charges they should seek justice and incarcerate rather the real perpetrator and criminal who falsely charged them and ask the Integrated Bar of the Philippines instead to give them a non-bias attorney that will help them in their respective case.
And they should stop knocking on the Aquino administration that shows blatant partiality and biases lately, if they want real justice.