The College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP) condemns the forced imprisonment and illegal detention of Randy Vegas and Raul Camposano, members of the Confederation for Unity, Recognition, and Advancement of Government Employees or COURAGE. Vegas was a former National Secretary General of CEGP.
In an incident report of COURAGE, armed men and suspected military agents abducted Vegas last December 3 in the morning and Compostano on the same day in the afternoon. In a fact finding mission led by COURAGE, the two are detained in Camarines Norte. Both are accused of being members of the New People’s Army (NPA) and of being involved in an ambush of the NPA against military elements last April 29.
COURAGE President Ferdinand Gaite disproved the accusations against Vegas and Compostano as both were documented to be in Manila on the said date of ambush.
Both were active organizers of government workers who testified to be repressed, underpaid, and under-benefited.
“This incident is reflective of the very ironic fact that the Aquino government can’t even respect the rights of its own workers,” said Pauline Gidget Estella, National President of CEGP. “It also raises the question that if the government can’t even grant the legitimate demands of its own workers, how can it address the larger needs and demands of the whole country? It is never been more evident that the Aquino government, through this very unjust act of silencing the legitimate demands of the people, covers the ugly truth that this government hasn’t done anything genuinely beneficial for the people,” Estella added.
“The consecutive assaults of the Aquino administration to the basic rights of the people urge the people to take large steps against the president’s fascist rule. After two years of the rule of injustice and impunity in the country, the people must keep their unyielding stance to register the need for a humane, democratic, and pro-people government. Before the time comes when the people’s rage reach its peak and force a great resistance against the government, the president must learn to listen and to take appropriate actions for the demands of the people,” Estella ended. ###