Sunday, May 21, 2006
The Latest on the Baywalk Hearings
Last May 17th, Enteng and Dinky appeared before Fiscal Richard Lee in the RTC of Manila regarding their infamous Baywalk arrest. Enteng was ably represented by our Black & White Movement Counsel, Edwin Lacierda. Dinky's lawyer, Lorna Kapunan, sent Atty. Percy Flores. Both complainants, Col. Pedrozo and Capt. Sy of the WPD were present as well. We noted Col. Pedrozo's attire, a barong in black and white.
This was the third preliminary hearing into the case. The complainants were supposed to make available the intelligence report cited by Col. Pedrozo as the reason to "nip in the bud" our planned stroll on Baywalk. At the last hearing, we were told intelligence reported plans for a Black & White "lighting (sic) rally" on Baywalk.
Well, at this hearing, we were in for a small surprise. The latest version of the intelligence report states that Enteng, Dinky, a two year old boy named John, his pregnant Mom and about 15 other Black & White supporters were about to launch, get this, a COUP!
Yes, boys and girls, this administration thinks, actually believes, that 22 people planning to stroll along Roxas Boulevard on a Friday night wearing "Patalsikin Na! Now Na!" tees were about to get a coup d'etat going. Everyone in the tightly packed office of Fiscal Lee (including the fiscal himself) could hardly keep in their laughter. Even Col. Pedrozo had difficulty in defending the report. When asked by the fiscal if the police had seen any of us carrying firearms, he had to admit that none of us had any weapons.
In a word, the whole proceeding was ludicrous.