CRISPIN KA BEL BELTRAN, labor leader, and others

Labour leader and Anakpawis Rep. Crispin “Ka Bel” Beltran was arrested by the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group hours after President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo declared a state of national emergency on 24 February 2006. Beltran was detained under a rebellion case dating back to the early 1980s, when former dictator Ferdinand Marcos was still in power. Five other leftist Congress Members, who were among 17 people accused by the police of conspiring to unseat Arroyo, have been sheltered from arrest in the Philippine Congress since February 27.

Arroyo lifted the emergency rule on March 3.


Letter by Luningning Alcuitas-Imperial sent on March 1, 2006