All’s well that ends well

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It’s been two years since Dinky Soliman and Enteng Romano were arrested by the fashion police in Manila (see my March 20, 2006 column and my blog entry).

Just the other day (March 18), Enteng Romano got a surprise in the mail. Allow me to share a recent e-mail he sent out:

The charges filed against us and the basis of the arrest was the Violation of BP 880 (Public Assembly Act of 1985).

In dismissing the charges, Asst City Prosecutor Sheila Marie Alaan-Ignacio declared in her resolution that we “were not in violation of BP 880 but our arrests were effected under the Calibrated Preemptive Response Policy of the Arroyo administration whose purpose was to preempt and abridge the freedom to peacefully assemble and expression.” And we “could not be validly arrested for violation of BP 880 because they did not pose a clear and present danger to the pedestrians and motoring public.”

She further asserts that our arrest “is indubitably in violation of their constitutionally protected right of Freedom of Speech and Expression.”

Case dismissed!

The resolution is dated October 31, 2007. But it only arrived in the mail today, with the envelope postmarked March 17, 2009.

Boy… do we have a slow postal service.

Their lawyer, Edwin Lacierda, pointed out “This was a case that no fiscal wanted to handle. It was too highly charged for any prosecutor. And the truth was clearly on our side. Even the policeman who arrested Dinky and Enteng felt so abandoned by the city government during the preliminary investigation that he asked me not to file a case against him in retaliation”.

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    • Carl on March 23, 2009 at 8:00 am

    If being tacky were a crime, then Dinky Soliman ought to be put away for life.

  1. Good for the Black and White movement.

    I will look at the old blog entry linked.
    Ngyeh, ako pala ang unang nagcomment(tungkol sa Fashion Police) at active pa si Sleeping with who at Joselu,noon.

  2. I am convinced that, aside from the capable skills of our lawyers, what kept us from spending time in jail over the weekend were the presence of friends who staked out at the Police headquarters and at the City Hall and, of course, the presence of President Cory Aquino. She was with us the whole time. She did not need to call anyone or to say anything. Her mere presence exerted moral suasion on people to do what is right, or at least, to desist from doing wrong.

    Justice was still not serve because the concept of ” who you know” was the basis. It would be Fair Justice if the case was dismissed without taking a political figure as one of the cause of the dismissal. What if Cory wasn’t there?

    The case was clear that there was no imminent threat that could harm the public. A t-shirt slogan was not enough provocation of retaliation.

    It’s not enough Justice. And postal service has no concept of Time Management. 🙂

    • Bert on March 23, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    “Good for the Black and White movement.”

    Might even better if the original plan succeeds, not only for the Black and White Movement, but for the nation as well, who knows.

    • UP n grad on March 23, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    The postmark is when an envelope was received by the Post Office and not when the envelope was received by the addressee. The postmark should be 2007 if the Oct2007 letter was mailed in 2007.

    Someone should contact Asst City Prosecutor Sheila Marie Alaan-Ignacio — that’s a long time for a letter to sit on someone’s desk.

    • baycas on March 29, 2009 at 6:42 am

    a record slowest snail mail

  3. Black and White should celebrate this victory with a party and the international press and milk the victory of all its bitter and sweet implications so it would be all worth the trouble.

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