Many political prisoners are young

young ppThe untimely death of Eduardo Serrano trained the spotlight on the plight of political prisoners in the Philippines. He was about to gain his freedom after 11 long years of unjust detention when he died of cardiac arrest last Jan. 8 at the Philippine Heart Center.

He suffered in prison on trumped-up criminal charges intended for another person, charges that were dismissed in court after military officials failed to present credible proof that he was “Rogelio Villanueva,” who they alleged to be an armed rebel.

Serrano, 62, was an agriculturist consulting for farmers’ groups and rural cooperatives and a peasant’s rights activist since martial law.

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