"Killing a child is the peak of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Alamara paramilitary group's monstrosity," Cristina Palabay, Karapatan secretary general on the recent killing of Lumad child Alibando Tingkas, 15, a grade 3 pupil of Salugpungan Ta Tanu Igkanugon Learning Center in Talaingod, Davao del Norte. Tingkas was killed by the Alamara paramilitary group.
With his family, friends and comrades in struggle, we grieved as we laid our beloved Eduardo Ka “Edikk” Serrano to rest on January 17, 2015 in his hometown in Camarines Sur.
In death, tributes for political prisoner Eduardo “Ka Eddik” Serrano pour in. Across the land, the tragedy of a man about to be freed, unjustly charged by the state for crimes he did not commit, and for which he had endured 11 long years in prison, is not lost among his comrades and fellow prisoners – political and otherwise.
"For the BS Aquino regime, serving the people and aspiring for a just and lasting peace are considered crimes," Cristina Palabay, Karapatan secretary general said as the remains of political prisoner Eduardo Serrano arrived in his hometown in Naga City. "Eduardo Serrano’s ‘crime’ was to help develop the farming techniques of the Mangyan tribe and the farmers in Mindoro. For this, he suffered 11 years in jail for trumped-up cases of murder and frustrated murder," Palabay continued.
On the third day since the death of political prisoner and National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) consultant Eduardo Serrano, a countless amount of people have rushed and mourned with his family, all the while remembering shared memories. They also united in condemnation of the sad plight of Serrano under the prisons of state forces for more than eleven years. Many believe that the incarceration, and the stress brought by the trial for trumped-up charges against him took a great toll on his health.
As the remains of NDFP peace consultant Eduardo Serrano journeys back to his hometown in Naga City, his fellow political detainees today started their hunger strike/fasting and other protest actions for the injustice committed against Serrano and to all political prisoners.
"Imprisonment based on trumped-up criminal charges combined with the inhuman jail condition and the slow grind of the justice system caused political prisoner Eduardo Serrano's death," Cristina Palabay, Karapatan secretary general said. "Serrano, a peace consultant for the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, would have walked out of jail a free man a long time ago had the BS Aquino government fulfilled its commitment to release ‘most, if not all’ political prisoners," Palabay said.
Karapatan mourns with the family and friends of political prisoner and NDFP peace consultant Eduardo “Eddik” Serrano who passed away on January 8, 2016 due to cardiac arrest. Karapatan shares the grief and rage of the detained peace consultants of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, other political prisoners, and inmates of Ka Eddik, with whom he spent the last 11 years of his life.