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Stop misleading public on Geertman murder, solon dares officials

9 July 2012 No Comment


Statement of ACT Teachers Party-List Rep. Antonio L. Tinio

The allegation made by certain unnamed “officials,” published in the Manila Standard, that Agnes Mesina was arrested last Wednesday in connection with the killing of Dutch NGO worker Willem Geertman is utterly absurd and without a shred of factual basis.

The warrant for the arrest of Mesina was issued by the Regional Trial Court in Aparri on June 11, 2012 and therefore has no possible connection with the killing of Geertman, which took place on July 3.

By the statement of these officials, the national security establishment betrays its deliberate suppression of the fact that Geertman, executive director of Alay Bayan-Luson, was a victim of extrajudicial killing.  First, they say that his death was result of a robbery.  Now, they float this bizarre idea that Agnes, a member of  Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP) in Region II, is connected to a murder in Region III.   They should stop actively misleading the people.

Mesina is already the victim of persecution through the filing of a preposterous, trumped up charge against her. We vehemently denounce this further malicious and baseless slander against her.

Agnes Mesina is a lay worker of RMP and the Makabayan coordinator for Region 2. She was arrested on a charge of frustrated murder last Wednesday while she was meeting with ACT Teachers Party-List Representative Antonio Tinio in Tuguegarao City. She posted bail at the Aparri RTC yesterday.

ACT Teachers Party is a member of the Makabayan coalition. ###