2 Aeta Accused of Terrorism for Keeping Subversive Documents – NUPL

NUPL Accused 2 Aeta of Terrorism for Keeping Subversive Documents

Soldiers accused the two (2) “no-read, no-write” Aeta for terrorism for keeping subversive documents, National Union of Peoples Lawyers (NUPL).

The two Aeta were allegedly accused of terrorism for keeping subversive documents, which were said to be illiterate, according to the National Union of Peoples Lawyers (NUPL), Wednesday.

Aeta Accused of Terrorism
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Based on the report, the two Aeta were identified as Japer Gurung and Junior Ramos. They had earlier filed a petition-in-intervention, through NUPL-Central Luzon, at the start of the Supreme Court’s oral arguments on the Anti-Terrorism Law.

Gurung and Tamos were allegedly accused of shooting at the Armed Forces during the height of the encounter against the New People’s Army (NPA) in Zambales in August.

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According to the NUPL, they were part of the native Aeta who were evacuating during the height of the fighting when they were allegedly arrested by the 7th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army on August 21, 2020.

According to NUPL spokesperson Josalee Deinla, soldiers allegedly planted ammunition, bombs, and subversive documents on the farmers. Deinla said that they do not even know how to read and write.

“While signing the verification for their petition-in-intervention, they only put their thumbmarks there because they do not know how to sign,” Deinla said in an ANC interview.

“They have been consistently and vehemently denying the charges against them, the grenades and ammunition, and even the subversive documents planted in their possession they have not seen them,” Deinla added.

“They even fed the soldiers. They cooked lunch for them. At that time, the soldiers told them ‘you can no longer leave because you’re already under arrest. We believe you are part of the NPA unit who attacked our soldiers this morning, ‘which is not true,” the NUPL official said.

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