February 25, 2006
Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran is currently under the military's custody after being arrested without warrant.
Rep. Beltran was summoned to Camp Crame without a warrant presented prior to his arrest and is currently undergoing questioning by the CIDG under the Office of the Anti-Organized Crime and Businessmen Concerns Division, barely a day after Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's declaration of a state of emergency yesterday via Proclamation 1017.
Beltran, along with his wife Rosario and four other companions, were accosted by a certain Maj. Rene Corpuz and another unidentified person, both reportedly from the CIDG, at the gate of Francisco III Subdivision in Muzon, Bulacan around 10 am today.
Both inviting officers did not present a warrant and were both in uniform and armed.
Rep. Beltran and his group were escorted by two armed personnel in Rep. Beltran's van, followed by a black van bearing the plate number GRP-134, to Camp Crame.
Rosario Beltran, who is currently at the CIDG, says that the CIDG under Maj. Corpuz presented a warrant of arrest only while Beltran was undergoing questioning at past 11 am today. The warrant reportedly provides for Beltran's release only on condition that he provides proof of clearance in a sedition case filed against him under the Marcos administration.
Atty. Romeo Capulong has already arrived at the CIDG in order to provide legal assistance to Beltran.
Anakpawis Vice-President Carmen Deunida soundly denounced Rep. Beltran's illegal arrest and detention, saying that the spate of warrantless arrests of progressive party list leaders this morning, along with reports of the government raid on the Daily Tribune, were all part of a 'systematic crackdown aiming to suppress all avenues and personalities actively calling for Pres. Arroyo's just ouster'.
'This is all part of a mad, desperate and vain attempt of a corrupt and illegitimate head of state to prevent the surging tide of people's righteous anger and protests and a pro-people military rebellion to cling a little longer to the presidency in her insatiable lust for power,' Deunida said.
'This crackdown on progressives is bound to fail and will only hasten her downfall. It will not save her skin at all. She will fall more ignominiously than Marcos sooner than later, everyone should defy and fight her and her shameless and unthinking cohorts who are mindful only of their privileges in her coattails,' Deunida said.
'Manghuli siya kung gusto niya, mas matinding lagapak ng bagsak ang aabutin niya kapag tuluyang napoot ang taongbayan sa kanyang pasistang pamamahala,' Deunida said.
'The emergency declaration has sealed the early downfall of the gma regime it speaks in thousands of words how vile, repressive, corrupt, and power greedy this regime has become,' Deunida added.