Artists shout #MRTBulok after poet-activist's arrest
Angelo Suarez spent his birthday morning in jail.
(SPOT.ph) Known commuter rights activist and Palanca-award winning poet Angelo Suarez spent two nights in jail after being nabbed by Metro Rail Transit security guards for allegedly vandalizing the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) trains on Tuesday, August 23. He was released this morning, August 25.
He supposedly wrote the words “MRT BULOK” on the worn-down door panel of a train with bus number 019-C using a permanent marker and was reportedly seen by guard on duty Roseilyn Gambrajo. Suarez denied the accusation and explained that he just saw the writing but did not write it himself. He also pointed out that he has been observing similar vandalism in other MRT trains.
According to Facebook updates by his partner Donna Miranda, their friend Katrina Stuart Santiago, and Bagong Alyansang Makabayan Sec. Gen. Renato Reyes, Jr., Suarez was detained on August 23, 10 p.m. at the MRT Quezon Avenue station for the alleged case and was told to wait for the supervisor, but no one came. An inquest with MRT General Manager Roman R. Buenafe at the prosecutor's office in the Quezon City Hall of Justice the following morning never pushed through because Buenafe didn't show up. He was supposed to be released in the afternoon of August 24, but the release order never came. This led to another night spent in jail, the eve of Suarez' birthday.
Suarez was finally freed on August 25, 9:30 a.m. and was greeted by activists with a "happy birthday" song.
Fellow artists and militant groups cried “illegal arrest and harassment.” Supporters took to social media to show support for Suarez and posted their MRT “horror stories” with the hashtag #MRTBulok.
Angelo Suarez arrest reminds me of the tale The Monkey and the Turtle. Turtle now laughing that monkey brought public attention to #MRTBulok— Teddy Casiño (@teddycasino) August 25, 2016
#MRTbulok Ilang taon kaming nagtyaga sa tren nyo, wala man lang kaming naipakulong. Ngayong may nagvandal(daw) kinulong nyo agad ng 2 araw?— Janssen Cunanan (@OwlDotJazz) August 24, 2016
For MRT Management,— Raven Casa Desposado (@ribinstarr) August 24, 2016
Truth Hurts, Reality Bites.#MRTBulok
laya na si gelo suarez, pero #MRTBulok pa rin! serbisyo sa tao, wag gawing negosyo!— patrick bautista (@bote_) August 25, 2016
Photo from Angelo Suarez' Facebook