We agree with PNoy’s call to release Suu Kyi...
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Monday, 01 November 2010 11:26
We agree with PNoy’s call to release Suu Kyi but he must do the same to all political prisoners/detainees in the country

It was indeed a remarkable posture on the side of the Philippine government, especially with PNoy, when it urged the Myanmar Junta to immediately release Dau Aung Suu Kyi during a meeting of ASEAN leaders in Hanoi, Vietnam last October 28, 2010.  But PNoy must also be reminded that he himself has not released the political prisoners and detainees in the country.

The courage to tell it straight to the Burmese junta to release Dau Aung Suu Kyi should be applauded and welcomed by all who cherish democracy.

But does it mean that PNoy will apply the same treatment to all Filipinos, brave men and women of principles who were incarcerated and languished in jails around the country because of their political beliefs?

These are men and women of courage who fought for change and for human rights.  These are people who pushed and fought the system that he himself, according to his promises fights.  

These are people who find the system so rotten and thus struggled to change it for the sake of the common good. These are some of the many who were fed up from corruption and violations of the past Presidents but did try to solve it their way.   

We may not necessarily agree on how they fought the system but in a democracy, political dissent is essential.

The beauty of democracy lies in its capacity to empower citizens to be independent, self-determining and courageous enough to speak out their minds. It is guaranteed under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), in the Philippine constitution and it was what the Edsa people power fought for.

Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) agrees with PNoy to call for the release of Dau Aung Suu Kyi and all political prisoners in Burma, but he must also show that he can do the same by releasing all the political prisoner/detainees in the country now!

Free all political prisoners/detainees now!

October 31, 2010

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