Walden Bello had been clear about his pro-worker stance in the course of the election marketing campaign. (Photo grabbed from Walden Bello’s Facebook account)By DANIEL ASIDO
MANILA – Progressive teams denounced the arrest of activist and ex-vice presidential candidate Walden Bello, noting that it’s an assault towards free speech.
Bello, a staunch Marcos-Duterte critic, was arrested Monday evening by the Quezon City police on account of a cyber libel case filed by Jefry Tupas, former Davao City Information Officer and aide of Vice President Sara Duterte.
Laban ng Masa stated that its chairperson, Bello, was victimized by Duterte by a proxy.
“This is obviously a case of a state-sponsored persecution and repression of the right to free expression,” Laban ng Masa stated in an announcement. “The cyber libel case against Dr. Bello is clearly a proxy harassment with no less than Vice President Sara Duterte as the real protagonist.”
The group additionally known as for Bello’s launch and the dropping of costs towards him.
For the Congress of Teachers/Educators for Nationalism and Democracy (CONTEND), then again, Bello’s arrest is an try and stifle dissent.
“We see this as another attempt to silence criticism and dissent against the state. Besides running for the vice presidency, Bello has been a staunch critic of former President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s authoritarianism,” the group stated in an announcement.
Bello was dropped at the QCPD Station 8 in Quezon City for processing whereas awaiting his switch to Camp Karingal. As of this writing, Laban ng Masa stated that Bello will get authorized help.
This case stems from a press convention the place Bello accused Tupas of being concerned in medication throughout a seashore celebration that was raided by authorities final yr.
Bello was indicted on June 9 by the Office of the City Prosecutor in Davao City on two counts of cyber libel in a seven-page decision.