TRILLANES UNDERGOES POLICE BRUTALITY, TAKEN TO CAMP CRAME ALONG WITH TIOFISTO GUINGONA.
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SENATOR TRILLANES, FORMER VP TIOFISTO GUINGONA, MAJOR GENERAL DANILO LIM, BISHOP EMERITUS JULIO LABAYEN, FATHER ROBERT REYES, DR. FRANCISCO NEMENZIO, FORMER UP PRESIDENT, COLUMNIST HERMAN TIU LAUREL AND DIRECTOR BIBETH ORTEZA.
AT THIS EARLY STAGE, IT APPEARS THE POLICE WHICH IS BEING LED BY NCRPO CHIEF BARIAS HAS BEEN ORDERED BY HIGHER UPS TO EXERCISE PHYSICAL FORCE AGAINST THE DETAINEES ALL OF WHOM WERE UNARMED AND NEVER OFFERED ANY RESISTANCE TO THE ARRESTING OFFICER.
DESPITE THEIR NONVIOLENT PROTEST, MAGDALO'S LAWYER ARGEE GUEVARRA RELATED THAT SENATOR TRILLANES WAS SUBJECTED TO POLICE BRUTALITY. GUEVARRA CLAIMED POLICE OFFICIALS INCLUDING NCRPO CHIEF BARIAS TOOK TURNS HITTING TRILLANES.
"SENATOR TRILLANES WAS MANHANDLED LAST NIGHT. HE WAS TAKEN IN. HE WAS HIT BY A FIST BLOW TO HIS CHEST. HE WAS ELBOWED." GUEVARRA SAID.
THEIR TRANSFER TO CAMP CRAME IS ANOTHER GRIM REMINDER OF THE MANY VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE, RAPE AND MURDER DURING THE MARTIAL LAW YEARS. UNDER THE DICTATORIAL RULE OF FERDINAND MARCOS, PROTESTERS WERE PICKED UP BY THE AUTHORITIES AND SUBJECTED TO INHUMAN ATROCITIES INSIDE THIS BLOODIED MILITARY CAMP.
Manila Pen '50' transferred to Camp Crame
The personalities nabbed in Thursday night’s Manila Peninsula Hotel standoff, led by senator Antonio Trillanes IV and Maj. Gen. Danilo Lim, were transferred from the Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan to the maximum detention cell in Camp Crame Friday morning.
Two buses carrying around 50 people who joined the failed destabilization plot left Bicutan before 6 a.m. and arrived in Camp Crame in Quezon City minutes later.
Aside from neophyte senator and Lim, those arrested who holed out inside the hotel in Makati City were former vice president Teofisto Guingona, Bishop emeritus Julio Labayen of Infanta, Fr. Robert Reyes, and director Bibeth Orteza.
A handcuffed Guingona, clad in a black jacket, was the first to alight the bus. They were escorted to the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Office.
On Thursday morning, Trillanes and Lim, along with other Magdalo soldiers being tried for the 2003 Oakwood Mutiny at the Makati court, walked out and seized the Manila Peninsula Hotel.
The group, joined by other civilians including Magdalo lawyers JV Bautista and Argee Guevarra, called for President Arroyo to step down for the alleged illegitimacy of the present administration.
Several journalists who were covering the incident inside the hotel including the ABS-CBN crew were also apprehended and brought to Camp Bagong Diwa for "processing." They were released hours later.
Guevarra, in a phone interview, said aside from them Dr. Francisco Nemenzo, former University of the Philippines president, and columnist Herman Tui Laurel were also among those apprehended.
He decried police brutality as he claimed police officials, including Gen. Geary Barias, National Capital Region Police Office chief, hit Trillanes.
"Sen. Trillanes was manhandled last night. He was taken in. He was hit by a fist blow to his chest. He was elbowed," Guevarra said.
Police Col. Anton Ricafort said the arrested people were already interrogated in Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City before they were turned over to the PNP Custodial Office.
PNP chief Director Gen. Avelino Razon Jr. said the group was transferred because there is no holding facility in Camp Bagong Diwa.
"They will be detained here temporarily while we are conducting an investigation," he said.
Posted on Nov 29, 2007, 7:06 PM from IP address 188.8.131.52