Charges filed against ‘Cebu 8’

Published June 7, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Calvin Cordova 

CEBU CITY — Charges were formally filed against the eight persons who were arrested in Friday’s rally against the passage of the anti-terrorism bill in front of the University of the Philippine (UP) Cebu College.

According to lawyer King Anthony Perez, spokesperson of the legal team of the so-called “Cebu 8”, charges filed by the police included violations of Section 13 of Batasang Pambansa or the The Public Assembly Act of 1985; Section 9 of Republic Act No. 11332, or the Law on Reporting of Communicable Diseases, and Article 151 paragraph 2 of the Revised Penal Code.

Arrested were 22-year-old Joahanna Veloso, associate vice president of National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP); 21-year-old Bern Canedo, vice president of the UP Cebu Student Council; Dyan Gumabao of the Kabataan Partylist-Cebu, 60-year-Jaime Paglinawan, chairperson of BAYAN-Central Visayas; 29-year-old Janry Ubal of Food Not Bombs-Cebu, and 26-year-old Al Ingking, a UP alumnus and a 19-year-old bystander.

The last suspect was alleged to have been arrested while watching the protest rally.

Perez said monetary support has poured in for the detainees’ bail.

“Due to the overwhelming monetary support in just two days, the donation drive for the bail fund of the detainees was temporarily suspended starting June 6, Saturday, until further notice. The bail amount for the detainees is yet to be determined by the investigating prosecutor, which will be stated in the information to be filed in court,” said Perez.

Perez said the team was also aware that fake Facebook accounts of persons supporting the arrested activists have surfaced.

“In light of the unprecedented proliferation of ghost Facebook accounts of persons who have vocally expressed their support to our detainees and dissent on anti-democratic policies that happened overnight, we encourage everyone to stay vigilant and careful at the same time as we continue to call for the immediate (release of Cebu 8),” said Perez.