Akbayan Party has successfully submitted a case against the Manila Police Department at the Commission on Human Rights on Thursday, August 6.
Last July 27, two policemen in fatigues forcibly seized protest materials brought by members of Akbayan Party into Quiapo Church. PNP Chief Archie Gamboa cleared the two policemen last July 30. The case seeks redress and proper administrative sanctions against the police and the MPD.
The case cites violations of constitutional rights under Article III, namely on the security of persons and the freedom of expression. The case also cites the same violations in international treaties which the Philippines is a state party to. These are the UN Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant for Civil and Political Rights.
It is high time we fight back against the violence of the police! Akbayan reiterates its call for the MPD to uphold its mandate and respect human rights and dignity of persons. Their actions show how the Anti-Terrorism Law has emboldened state forces to harass and violate the constitutional rights of the people. We must hold the line here on abuses against the people, and hold our public servants accountable. Let us continue to oppose the Anti-Terrorism Law!