Thursday, July 28, 2011
Saturday, July 23, 2011
22 July 2011
Dear Mr. Acosta:
As you mark your159th day in prison today, away from your family and friends, our thoughts and the empathy of the civil society will be with you. The injustice of your continuing detention mirrors the injustice that the more powerful has inflicted on our society and our people for so many years. All these times, you have never reneged on your promise nor wavered in your will to create works expressive of our present difficult but hopeful lives and meaningful to our people. We laud your choice to stand firm, at enormous personal cost, for the principles of liberty and justice. We likewise take distinct note of your instrumental role in the re-establishment of the Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP) and your huge concern for the peasant sector and the oppressed since your campus days.
I want to assure you that as Executive Director, we will maintain a close interest in the fight of the more than 300 political prisoners in various detention facilities all over the Philippines.
We at the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) join other non-government organizations like the Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP) in this call to end the culture of impunity. As the Nobel Peace Laureates’ Open Letter to Aung San Suu Kyi’s 60th Birthday read, “Freedom must be demanded and defended, by those who have been denied it and by those who are already free.”
Very truly yours,
(Sgd.) MALOU JACOB
NCCA Pledge of Support
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
The Rice and Rights Network for Human Rights in the Philippines would like to thank everybody that supported the Free the Artist! Free Ericson Acosta! Solidarity Dinner held last July 13, 2001 at Amsterdamsestraatweg 50. Around 30 people came to share a simple meal to raise funds and awareness about the case of Ericson Acosta, a Filipino journalist, poet and songwriter falsely accused of illegal possession of explosives. Acosta is detained at the Calbayog City Sub-Provincial Jail in Samar province in the Philippines.
(I would like to thank the different sectors and organizations that are campaigning for my release, as well as for the release of other political prisoners. I am thankful that two groups of activists from opposite ends of the world held activities today, July 13, in support of the campaign... In the Netherlands, there was a Free the Artist Solidarity Dinner held by the Rice and Rights Network for Human Rights in the Philippines. Thank you, dear friends, for your initiatives!) . Read the whole message here.
Join the Campaign to Free All Political Prisoners in the Philippines
through General, Unconditional and Omnibus Amnesty
Today there is an ongoing, protracted armed conflict in the Philippines with deep socio-economic and political roots. There is also much social discontent and political dissent that have been met with fascist repression by all governments since the U.S. granted the country its bogus independence. Thus trumped-up charges, illegal arrests and detention, torture and unjust conviction on false political and/or criminal charges constitute continuing and blatant violation of the people’s rights.
Political prisoners are those who are arrested, detained and imprisoned for acts in furtherance of their political beliefs. As a consequence, they are arbitrarily denied their liberty and due process of law.
They may be charged with political offenses such as rebellion, sedition and variations thereof.
But more often than not they are charged with criminal offenses in an effort to deny the political nature of their alleged offenses and to stigmatize them as plain criminals guilty of the most heinous crimes. Political prisoners are slapped with murder, multiple murder, frustrated murder, arson, kidnapping, robbery in band, illegal possession of firearms and others. These are all non-bailable offenses meant to keep the PPs incarcerated while court hearings proceeded at snail’s pace.
There are a total of 354 political prisoners (PPs) reported as of end June 2011. Majority were arrested under the Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo administration, they being among the most determined in opposing the corrupt, repressive and puppet Arroyo regime. There are 27 who were arrested before Arroyo’s time and 47 under Benigno Aquino III.
Political prisoners, their families, people’s organizations, human rights organizations, lawyers’ groups, legislators, as well as international human rights networks persist in their efforts to rectify the injustice against political prisoners and other victims of human rights violations. They demand freedom for all political prisoners.
We call on President Noynoy Aquino to declare a general, unconditional and omnibus amnesty for all political prisoners.
General means all political prisoners, or what the government refers to as alleged political offenders, covered by the effectivity of an Amnesty Proclamation, whether they are charged with political or criminal offenses.
Unconditional means no precondition is set before they can be released. They will not have to go through a tedious application process and will not be required to plead guilty or make any admissions. They only need to be covered by the definition and effectivity of the Proclamation. The operative act needed to effect their immediate release is their inclusion in a pre-screened list and acceptance of the General, Unconditional and Omnibus Amnesty Proclamation.
Omnibus means that all charges or offenses as defined in the Proclamation are covered by the amnesty.
Saturday, July 16, 2011
FREE ERICSON ACOSTA!
FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS!
Mga Larawan nina Richard Dy ng Philippine Collegian at Sinag de Jesus ng SIPAT
Free All Political Prisoners!
Sales will go to Ericson's legal defense fund.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
On his fifth month of incarceration, poet and political prisoner Ericson Acosta gets the support of fellow artists from some 15 countries around the world.
(Unang nalathala ang akdang ito sa isyu 5 ng Philippine Collegian noong 12 Hulyo 2011.)
Monday, July 11, 2011
HARANANG BAYAN 3
July 13, 2011, 8pm
Backdoor Blues Cafe, Kalayaan Ave., Diliman Quezon City
featuring performances from
Alay Sining and alumni
Haranang Bayan 3 marks Ericson's 5th month in detention. Ericson was arrested without warrant February 13 but information on the illegal possession of explosive case levied against him is yet to be available to his lawyers or the local courts in Samar. His rights continue to be violated each day he spends in prison.
A benefit solidarity dinner for Ericson organized by the Filipino community in Europe will be held on the same date in the Netherlands.
FREE ERICSON ACOSTA! FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS!
Prison Sessions CDs, Free Ericson Acosta shirts and pins will be available for sale at the venue. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for orders. Sales will go to Ericson's legal defense fund.
Monday, July 4, 2011
Unplugged, Unrehearsed...Under Detention
“‘Yung mga laman ng kantang yun…siguro yun ang dahilan kung bakit ako nandito.”
(Those songs.. must be the reason why I’m here.)
Cultural worker and political prisoner Ericson Acosta and BAYAN secretary-general Renato Reyes, Jr. first played together at the fourth floor of UP’s Vinzons Hall in 1994, during their student activist days. Both were members of the student cultural group Alay Sining.
This recording, which includes other raw tracks performed or written by Ericson Acosta, intends to
raise awareness of the situation of Acosta and other political prisoners who remain unjustly detained by the Philippine government.
Prison Sessions with Renato Reyes Jr,
recorded April 6, 2011 at the Calbayog sub-provincial jail
2. Kumustahan by Ericson Acosta / Alay Sining
3. Sa Aking Pag-ahon by Binky Lampano
4. Kay Hirap ng Buhay by Renato Reyes, Jr. / Alay Sining
5. Dahil by Ericson Acosta / Alay Sining
6. Magsasama, Magkasama by Ericson Acosta / Alay Sining
7. I Read the News by Binky Lampano
8. Alamat by Ericson Acosta / Alay Sining
9. Patay na ang Kabayo by Tambisan sa Sining
Ericson Acosta jam sessions
10. One by U2
11. First Light by Binky Lampano
12. Rage by The Jerks
13. Walang Kalabaw sa Cubao by Ericson Acosta / mixed by Mayo Uno Martin
Songs by Ericson Acosta
15. Awit ng Kasaysayan performed by Nato & Sarah
16. Haranang Bayan performed by Nato & Sarah
17. Pasensya (Live) performed by Anak ni Aling Juana
18. Dahil arranged and performed by Karl Ramirez
19. Kontradiksyon (Live) performed by Babes Alejo and Roselle Pineda
20. Haranang Bayan (Live) performed by Roselle Pineda, Jon Corsiga, Nato & Sarah
21. Paalam (Live) performed by Nato & Sarah, Aki Merced and BLKD
22. Duyan by Acosta Universe
Email email@example.com for orders.
Proceeds will go to Ericson's legal defense fund.