My tale of the ‘Tagaytay 5’ saga September 1, 2008Posted by pilibustero in Random Thoughts.
i was relieved and emancipated to know of the unexpected release of the group called “Tagaytay 5” last Thursday, 28 August from their detention cell at the Police Regional Office in Camp Vicente Lim. the group was incarcerated for allegedly orchestrating a destabilization plot against the current regime to be carried out on May 1, Labor Day of 2006. in effect, a rebellion case was filed before the Tagaytay City RTC to the T5 composed of farmer-leaders Axel Pinpin (Agri, CavSU), Aris Sarmiento (UPLB BSA graduate) and Riel Custodio, all members of the Katipunan ng mga Magsasaka sa Kabite (KAMAGSASA-KA), a peasant organization operating in Cavite.
as organizers, they stayed and exposed themselves most of the time with peasants in agriculural towns in the province. and having agri backgrounds, they also serve as consultant/experts in farming. then on the that unfateful day, while on their way for a meeting in Manila, they were cut by several cars filled with civilian armed-men (later on identified with the military) an in no time, they were forcibly taken out of their rented van along the stretch of Tagaytay-Manila road and brought to a naval station. the next five days were considered to be their worst nightmares, as per conversation with them.
their individual claims and vivid descriptions of what they call a torture is still fresh in my mind. for axel, he managed to calm himself and readied for the worst while on the road into the unknown, until they were brought to CVL in Canlubang. And for the last 2 years and 4 months, the group were residents of a 5x10m (at least) detention cell in the police camp.