CEGP denounces arrest of youth activist on Independence Day

Photo from Kabataan Partylist-Southern Tagalog

President Rodrigo Duterte said in his speech during the Independence Day rites in Kawit, Cavite that the Constitution guarantees freedom of the press, freedom of assembly and freedom of expression. But a 20-year old activist was arrested on Friday for supposedly causing disturbance for shouting “Huwad na kalayaan (fake freedom)” during Duterte’s speech.

Francis Couichie Rafael, who is now under police custody, was said to have violated Article 153 of the Revised Penal Code (tumults and other disturbance of public orders; tumultuous disturbance or interruption liable to cause disturbance).

“If there is someone who has caused a tumultuous disturbance of public order, it is the Duterte regime — the leading purveyor of deceit, corruption, roguery and terrorism,” said Jose Mari Callueng, national president of the College Editors Guild of the Philippines.

“There is no actual democracy in the country. The Filipino people fight for their democratic rights everyday to live: farmers struggle for land, workers struggle for a living wage, students fight for a genuine free education, and several more,” the youth leader added.

The College Editors Guild of the Philippines condemns the arrest of the youth activist and the continuing fascist attacks of the US-Duterte regime against the Filipino people.

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