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Collective project, radical vision: Ericson Acosta’s Mula Tarima Hanggang at Iba Pang Mga Awit* * Latest Posts Blood Rush Columns Commentary 

Collective project, radical vision: Ericson Acosta’s Mula Tarima Hanggang at Iba Pang Mga Awit*

BLOOD RUSH By SARAH RAYMUNDO Ericson Acosta, author of Mula Tarima Hanggang at Iba Pang Mga Tula at Awit (The University of the Philippines Press, 2015) spent twenty three months in prison. That is a lifetime to a dog, a long time for most of us, and a time to live through the banality of state violence for political prisoners. Currently, there are over 500 political prisoners all over the country. Government denies their existence as all of them have been made to face trumped-up criminal charges. In the eyes…

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Acosta: ‘Art is my weapon’ * Latest Posts Culture Culture - Front Other Stories 

Acosta: ‘Art is my weapon’

By LUIS ADRIAN A. HIDALGO Bulatlat.com MANILA — Nearly two years of detainment has tested his spirit, but that didn’t stop poet-activist Ericson Acosta from standing by his cause and principles. A week after the trumped-up charges were dropped due to insufficient evidence, Acosta found himself in the midst of friends and supporters in a small gathering at the Conspiracy Bar last February 12. It was a night of poetry and music in celebration of his regained freedom – a victory shared by Acosta himself and the people who fought…

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Release sick, elderly political prisoners, Aquino urged * Latest Posts Human Rights Human Rights - Front Top Stories 

Release sick, elderly political prisoners, Aquino urged

By RONALYN V. OLEA
“We welcome the release of Acosta, finally, after two years of detention. What remains true is that no person should be held in detention, charged with trumped-up cases, and stripped of his rights because of his political beliefs. We demand the release of all sick and elderly political prisoners.” – Selda

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Jail officers forego ‘overkill’ security measures with poet Ericson Acosta * Latest Posts Human Rights Human Rights - Front Other Stories 

Jail officers forego ‘overkill’ security measures with poet Ericson Acosta

By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA –Poet-songwriter Ericson Acosta is happy to be out of the Calbayog sub-provincial jail in Samar where he had been detained for 23 months on trumped-up criminal charges. His freedom is temporary, though. And Acosta is aware his battle still has a long way to go. The court granted him temporary freedom on humanitarian grounds. He was flown to Manila on January 18 and brought to the National Kidney Transplant Institute (NKTI) for treatment of a kidney ailment. On January 22, Acosta, 40, waited in…

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Some notes on people’s culture and the International Day of Solidarity with Political Prisoners * Latest Posts Democratic Space 

Some notes on people’s culture and the International Day of Solidarity with Political Prisoners

By ERICSON ACOSTA Political Prisoner Despite the grim reality of imprisonment, I have not, as of yet, been condemned to a total state of ignorance as far as current efforts of various committed art and cultural groups and alliances are concerned. Thanks largely to a good number of artists and writers who have generously been sparing their time to visit me ever since the very first weeks of my incarceration almost two years ago, I have quite auspiciously been kept updated, however generally, on the developments and direction of the…

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International writers group calls for release of poet Ericson Acosta * Latest Posts Culture Culture - Front Human Rights Human Rights - Front 

International writers group calls for release of poet Ericson Acosta

By INA ALLECO R. SILVERIO Bulatlat.com MANILA — The worldwide association of writers PEN International marked the 31st Annual Day of the Imprisoned Writer last November 15. It was a day to recognize and support writers at risk, and for the last 31 years, the group has commemorated the day to raise awareness on the unjust imprisonment and persecution of writers around the world. This year, PEN International highlighted cases from Iran, Philippines, Mexico, Turkey and Ethiopia. In the Philippines, the group chose to give attention to the case of…

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Kin of political prisoner Ericson Acosta decry death threats * Latest Posts Human Rights Human Rights - Front Other Stories 

Kin of political prisoner Ericson Acosta decry death threats

By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA – The family of political prisoner Ericson Acosta has been receiving text messages saying that Ericson or his parents might get killed on November 2, All Souls Day. Isaias Acosta, 79, father of Ericson, said his driver received a series of messages in the morning of October 24 and 25. The first message read: “ericson acosta is in danger he might get killed on all souls day please spread the news.” This was followed by a Filipino translation of the first message: “please spread…

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Dance production on the struggle for land, featuring works of imprisoned poets * Latest Posts Culture Culture - Front 

Dance production on the struggle for land, featuring works of imprisoned poets

By TERENCE KRISHNA V. LOPEZ Bulatlat.com MANILA — Starting in November, progressive cultural organization Sinagbayan restages its original production “Pitong Sundang: mga sayaw sa lupa at pakikibaka,” (Seven Bolos: Dances for land and the struggle) a dance theater production highlighting the long history of the peasants’ struggle for genuine land reform and agrarian revolution through the writings of respected progressive Filipino poets. Two of these poets are Ericson Acosta and Alan Jazmines, both currently jailed because of their political beliefs. For one, the title Pitong Sundang is borrowed from jailed…

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