2 political prisoners in Samar released

News Philippines Jul 12, 2019 at 3:50 pm

Based on Karapatan’s data, there are 532 political prisoners in the country, 209 of whom were arrested under President Duterte’s administration.


MANILA – Not guilty.

This was the decision of Basey Regional Trial Court Judge Tarcelo Sabarre on the case of illegal possession of firearms and explosives against Joel Bayani, 29 and Orlando Versoza, 21. The court found the evidence filed by the 87th Infantry Battalion Philippine Army against the two as “doubtful.” They were released July 4.

Human rights group Katungod Sinirangan Bisayas welcomed the decision of the court. “Even the rotten justice system has proven their innocence against the accusations made by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP),” the group said in a statement.

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