Student journalists storm Commission on Human Rights to call for justice for the COURAGE 2

2013-02-27 10.54.45

College Editors Guild together with Kabataan Partylist, and Confederation for Unity, Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees (COURAGE), trooped to the Commission of Human Rights to call for justice and the immediate release of Randy Vegas and Raul Composano.

Vegas, former Secretary General of CEGP, volunteered to COURAGE after his term while Camposano was a former government employee himself and decided to devote his service as staff to COURAGE.

Vegas and Composano were abducted in the midst of the campaign of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) employees’ association and  on the day the employees blocked EDSA to fight for their benefits last December 3, 2012. They were surfaced two days after in Labo, Camarines Norte accused with five counts of murder, one count of theft and one count of frustrated murder at the Regional Trial Court Branch 64.

Vegas and Composano’s case was due to their alleged participation in an ambush of the Armed Forces of the Philippines by the New Peoples Army last April 29, 2012 in Maot, Labo, Camarines Norte. They both denied the accusations stating the fact that they have never even set foot in the province of Camarines Norte.

“The case of Vegas and Camposano  is downright absurd and a clear violation of human rights,” said Marc Lino Abila, National Deputy Secretary General of CEGP. “We call for the immediate dismissal of their case and we call to CHR Chairperson Etta Rosales not to turn a blind eye on the increasing human rights violations and look into their case.”

“Their case is part of Aquino’s counter-insurgency campaign, Oplan Bayanihan, which targets leaders and individuals of legal progressive groups to paralyze mass campaign and movement.” Abila ended. ###