At 1:04pm today, PNP Meycauayan Superintendent Chief Santos Mera and “investigator of the case” SPO1 Pascual were not at their post when we called to inquire about our student, University of the Philippines Diliman journalism student Psalty Caluza, who was on school assignment as part of the requirements of the journ internship course Journ 198 when he was illegally arrested while covering the ecumenical mass at the NutriAsia workers strike. The PNP Meycauayan desk phone official will look for the chief of police and “investigator” (PNP Meycauayan Chief Santos Mera and SPO1 Pascual) daw, they were at the inquest of those who were arrested, and, apparently, they were not aware that Psalty is a U.P. journalism student on assignment.
The Chancellor of the University of the Philippines Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan and the U.P. Diliman administration are closely monitoring the case and have sent lawyers for U.P. journalism student Psalty Caluza and U.P. College of Science student Jon Bonifacio (MBB summa cum laude candidate, on Oblation scholarship), and are coordinating with the assistant provincial prosecutor. The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Jerwin Agpaoa has been in Bulacan since this morning to assist the students.
The College Secretary Prof. Terry Congjuico and the Department Chair Prof. Rachel Khan have been coordinating with the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and with Psalty’s parents since last night.
ATTENTION: PNP Meycauayan Chief Santos Mera, SPO1 Pascual: HWAG NYO PO AKO PAGTAGUAN. I-RELEASE NYO PO ANG MGA ESTUDYANTE NAMIN, WALA SILANG NILABAG NA BATAS, NAGKO-COVER PO SILA NG ISANG PAMPUBLIKONG EVENT BILANG BAHAGI NG KANILANG SCHOOL ASSIGNMENT. KUNG HINDI NYO PO SILA IRI-RELEASE SA LOOB NG ARAW NA ITO SASAMPAHAN KAYO NG MGA REKLAMO KASAMA NA ANG MGA ADMINISTRATIBONG KASO SA PNP POLICE COMMISSION, CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION, at mga kriminal na aksyon laban sa inyo.
(photo by blog admin, from the archives)