RAFAEL BAYLOSIS (Ka Raffy), NDFP consultant, was ordered released in January 15, almost a year after he was detained, after trumped-up charges of illegal possession of firearms and explosives against him were dropped. He was freed, together with Roque Guillermo Jr., in January 18.
According to Presiding Judge Editha Mina Aguba of the Regional Trial Court-Branch 100-Quezon City, the case against Baylosis had insufficient evidence. Baylosis and Guillermo were arrested by military and police intelligence operatives in Quezon City last January 31, 2018.
In related news, the Free Bob Reyes Movement picketed in front of the Quezon City Hall of Justice while his case was being heard. Reyes, a member of Sandigan ng Manggagawa in Quezon City, was illegaly arrested by four armed men last June 2, 2018. He was held incommunicado for 12 hours in the CIDG detention in Camp Crame. The group says that Reyes’ arrest is similar to cases of other political prisoners jailed on planted evidence. They also condemned the continuous killings and filing of trumped-up charges against activists and NDFP personalities.