May 27, Sunday @ Balay Kalinaw, University of the Philippines, Diliman — Friends, family, colleagues, fellow artists and advocates of human rights gathered to share rice porridge in commemorating Ericson Acosta’s 40th birthday.
His father said Ericson would normally spend his birthday holiday with his family. He would see to it he could visit home despite his busy field work in far-flung provinces. He did not make it home last year. This time, he cannot celebrate this day again with his family.
Detained now for a year and three months, Ericson is at the Calbayog City Jail in Samar after a warrantless arrest on February 13, 2011 and trumped-up charge of illegal possession of explosive. He was then physically and psychologically tortured for 44 hours and held ex-communicado under military camp.
Ericson is a dear friend, nationalist poet and musician, teacher and researcher. After his stint as editor of the Philippine Collegian based at the University of the Philippines during his student days, he continued to serve a wider community by volunteering and reaching out to rural communities commonly neglected by Philippine government in terms of social services and livelihood.
The Free Ericson Acosta Campaign (FEAC) composed of artists, friends and UP alumni along with human rights advocates and SELDA Association of Ex-Detainees Against Illegal Detention and Arrest lead the call for his immediate release.
Join us in pressuring the Aquino government and the Department of Justice. Send your Letter of Appeal to:
His Excellency Benigno Simeon Aquino III
Republic of the Philippines
Fax: +63 2 735 6167
You may also support the campaign by:
Sending Solidarity Statements
Signing the Online Petition
Donating for his Legal Defense Fund:
Account Name: Isaias Acosta
BDO The Block
SM City North branch
Savings Account: 00-0251065464
Routing #: 021000089
See more recent photos of Lugawan para sa Kalayaan (Rice Porridge for Freedom)
Read his Prison Diary Jailhouse Blog
Read his Poetry
Listen to his Songs from Prison Sessions
Watch Free the Artist Video
Like his Facebook Page