Today was the scheduled hearing of two activists separately accused of murder by the Arroyo regime. Ka Randy Echanis is being implicated in multiple murders in Leyte allegedly conducted by the CPP-NPA in 1984, the year when he was in fact in detention in Cagayan. Pastor Berlin Guerrero on the other is being accused of murder and inciting to sedition in Cavite. He was abducted then later surfaced last May 2007, after being tortured by his military captors.
Today we celebrate the release of Berlin after the Court of Appeals found that there was really no basis for the charges being leveled against him. The court issued the ruling during the hearing his morning, to the great surprise of many.
Meanwhile, the case of Ka Randy was being heard at the Manila RTC Branch 32, in the sala of Judge Thelma Medina. Oral arguments where scheduled on the motion of Ka Randy’s lawyers to subject the case to reinvestigation and for the warrant of arrest to be quashed since there were many anomalies involved in the prosecution. Atty. Romeo Capulong gave a very impressive and convincing enumeration of the prosecutorial misconduct of the Leyte prosecutor who filed the case against Ka Randy. Ka Randy has one hell of a fighting chance of winning this case.
We look forward to his release as well, after the victories in the release of the Tagaytay 5 and Berlin Guerrero.