Philippines: ‘Free Ka Bel, fight despotic landlord politicians’

Jun. 02, 2007

MANILA — The militant Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) and its allies visited ANAKPAWIS Rep. Crispin Beltran to show the peasantrys solidarity with the detained labor leader and to call for his immediate release.

According to Danilo Ka Daning Ramos, secretary general of KMP, Now that the Supreme Court already junked the rebellion raps against the Batasan 6, there is no reason for Ka Bel to be illegally detained any longer. The Macapagal-Arroyo regime also failed in this case and should now accept defeat,

It is now 6-0 favoring the Filipino people against the regime on SC rulings involving major security and political issues. This is a very good track record for the Supreme Court and we hope that it keeps it up, especially now that the Anti-Terror law is about to be implemented, and together with BAYAN and others we are studying to file a case to stop its implementation, said Ramos.

For the past 15 months Malacanang has illegally removed a genuine representative of the toiling masses in Congress and the regime should be punished for that. Now that Ka Bel will be back in full swing again, our voice in congress will further be amplified to contend with landlord politicians who have used their offices to preserve their vast tracks of land and avoid land distribution, added the peasant leader.

This week will be the 19th anniversary of the fake Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) and we hope that Ka Bel will be with us on the streets to call for the junking of CARP and to campaign against its extension, ended Ramos. # # #

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