Police arrested Ken Mark Ambay, 23, a member of the Kabataan party-list group, while he was walking behind his friends along Morayta Avenue after the Labor Day rally along C.M. Recto Avenue.
A plainclothesman later identified to be from the Manila Police District grabbed and arrested him.
"When I resisted, the policeman along with two others shoved me so I fell on my back.They stepped on my neck and waist as they tightly placed handcuffs on my wrists," recounted Ambay
's companions, also members of Kabataan party list, said the policemen who grabbed Ambay
pointed guns at them as they approached Ambay to help him.
was brought to the Manila Police Station 4, he
was charged with assaulting the policemen that arrested him, an act Ambay denied.
"I could never have assaulted any policeman during the rally because it was a very peaceful demonstration.If I have hurt the ones that arrested me, I'm sorry but it was only natural for a person to resist when he
is being grabbed and arrested for no reason," he
The groups said they are planning to file complaints against the policemen who arrested Ambay
, saying that they shall not tolerate such events to occur. - GMANews.TV Kabataan Partylist
condemns arbitrary arrest, detention of youth coordinator
More cases of illegal detention against members of progressive partylists feared as elections comes nearThe Kabataan Partylist
today condemned the arbitrary arrest and illegal detention of one of its coordinators Ken Ambay
following the Labor Day celebrations.Ambay
, 21, and a student of the University of the Philippines Manila
, was with other UP Manila students in front of a fast food store near Morayta when two men in plain clothes apprehended him and had him handcuffed.
When Ambay's companions tried to help him, the two men brought out their pistols and started aiming their gun at them."When we began to question why did they handcuff him and why were they taking him, they threatened to shoot anyone who would come near and help Ken," Mariche Hermosa, also a UP Manila student and one of Ambay's companions.Ambay
was initially brought to a police precint in the area and was immediately transferred to the Manila Police Headquarters in United Nations Avenue.
The two claimed that Ambay
was identified as one of the assailants who mugged a certain PO2 Raul Gumiran who was not with the officers during the arrest.
"This is a clear case of harassment against Kabataan Partylist
.Their accusation against our coordinator Ken Ambay is baseless and fabricated, and is intended to harass members and coordinators.We are calling for the immediate release of Ken Ambay," Kabataan Partylist President Raymond Palatino said.
Palatino also appealed to the Commission on Human Rights and the Commission on Elections
to conduct their own investigation of the arbitrary arrest and detention of Ambay
Meanwhile, Palatino said Kabataan Partylist
is planning to file counter charges against the arresting officers for violations of their own standard procedures and for physical assault and threat perpetrated against Ambay
and his companions.