8 Anti-Terror Law Protesters Arrested Was Charged Before They Were Released
8 protesters who were arrested after holding Anti-Terror Law protest in Cabuyao, Laguna were first charged after they were released.
Previously, eleven protesters against the anti-terror bill in Cabuyao, Laguna were arrested. Among arrested protesters were minors, which have been released to their guardians, while the other eight are still detained.
Meanwhile, the eight were later released by the authorities. However, the authorities charged them with illegal assembly and disobedience before their release.
According to the report, the eight were released after Cabuyao Assistant City Prosecutor Brenda Rhea Esalbon Mangahis issued a release order. Violations of Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, and National Law 880 on illegal assembly and disobedience to authorities have been filed against the eight.
The preliminary investigation is set for their July 16 case. According to authorities, there was no permit labeled “Cabuyao 11” during the protest and the arrest had nothing to do with their intention to declare their sentiment against anti-terror law.
“Actually pinakiusapan natin sila diyan na ‘wag ng ituloy at wag nasilang maghikayat ng mga tao pra sumali sa rally nila. Hindi naman nila tinugon ng panawagan natin sa kanila,” ani Police Lt. Col. Reycon Garduque, hepe ng Cabuyao Police.
However, according to Charm Maranan, spokesperson of Defend Southern Tagalog, the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act charges of someone who plans to pursue the case against the protesters has ended and become invalid.
“These accusations are baseless. The Bayanihan to Heal as One Act has already lapsed. It’s no longer effective because it has a clause saying when it is effective. They followed social distancing. They were all wearing facemask to the whole duration of the program. And they are actually done with the program when they dispersed,” said Maranan.
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