February 27, 2006
National (as of 3:34 PM)
Bayan Muna solon arrested in Davao
Police arrested another congressman Monday, three days after the
declaration of emergency rule in the country.
Initial DZMM reports said Bayan Muna Rep. Joel Virador was arrested by
operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) of
the Philippine National Police inside his home in Davao City.
The arrest came a few hours after the Department of Justice filed coup
d'etat and rebellion charges against him and 15 other persons.
Before his arrest, Virador scored the charges as a form of curtailment
of the right to free speech.
Police earlier arrested Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran and former
police officer Ramon Monta�o on Saturday.
Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo said he will attend Monday's session at
the lower chamber despite the possible threat of arrest. Police failed
to arrest Ocampo and fellow Bayan Muna representative Rafael Mariano
at a news forum in Quezon City last Saturday.