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Baptized behind bars and barbed wires

Thick barbed wires surround the roof top of Taguig City Jail-Female Dorm (TCJ-FD). It was a hot and humid afternoon and a basin atop a broken table is waiting for six-month-old baby Karl and his 3-year old brother, Mar. It was Karl and Mar’s baptism. Miradel Torres’ family, friends, and fellow political prisoners gathered as they wait for Miradel to come up. 

US, Malacañang should answer for the Mamasapano Disaster—NDFP peace consultants

Benigno S. Aquino III has been, as usual, very glib (but obviously very evasive) in trying hard to explain the mystery of where the command and responsibility were for the operations of the Special Action Force (SAF) contingent that terribly failed and suffered a big number of its casualties (44 SAF forces killed) in its Mamasapano, Maguindanao operations last January 25. Twelve more SAF forces were wounded in action.
 

Mothers of detained youth activists call for the release of the “sons of the poor farmers”

Youth activists Guiller Martin Cadano, Gerald Salonga, both graduates of the University of the Philippines, and Edward Lanzanas, from a peasant family heeded the call of the times to serve the people. They offered the vitality of their youth to serve the poor farmers as they work for a bright future, a better country. 
 
 

Detained mothers' message to Pope Francis

Andrea (left) Miradel (right) 

Detained artist’s mother hopes for son’s freedom

“My son has been in jail for too long. The justice system is too slow. I hope that during Pope Francis’ visit here in the Philippines, His Holiness could to help us in our call for the release of my son and other political prisoners,” Mrs. Zenaida Guray said.
 

Statement of Political prisoners on hunger strike at SICA-1 Camp Bagong Diwa

On the reservations of the BJMP to our request that the food budget supposedly for us, political prisoners at the BJMP-SICA 1 Jail, be donated to typhoon victims.

Detained Alegre Family sees hope in Papal visit

 

Dear Pope Francis,

Your visit to the Philippines brings a ray of hope to people like us who have experienced wanton injustice.  Our family has suffered so much.  My son was killed and my wife, my other son, Selman, and I have been languishing in jails for the past 10 years for offense we never committed. We are just simple people striving to live decently until the powerful leader in our town took interest in the piece of land we are tilling and did everything to get rid of us. My wife and I are old and ailing. We just want to see our children and grandchildren once more before we die.—Alegre family (Jesus, Moreta and Selman)

 

Daughters of peace consultants hope Pope Francis stands by their quest for justice

Aya Santos and Niki Gamara
 
Pope Francis spoke of love; the familiar kind of love that Aya Santos and Nikki Gamara's parents spoke of—the love for the poor and the oppressed. Both women saw hope that they may find an ally with His Holiness Pope Francis in their quest for justice. 
 
 

Open letter to Pope Francis I from political prisoners in Camp Bagong Diwa (10 January 2015)

Open letter to Pope Francis I
from political prisoners in Camp Bagong Diwa
(10 January 2015)

Your Holiness, Pope Francis,
Warm embraces!

Together with millions of the Filipino people, we, political prisoners, extend our warmest welcome to your five-day visit to our country, starting this coming January 15 up to January 19.