Sister of CHED chief De Vera, a Martial Law survivor, arrested in QC

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CHED chief Prospero De Vera III speaks in Mindanao Peace Education Conference 2022.
Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Chair Prospero De Vera III speaks in Mindanao Peace Education Conference 2022 organized by Mindanao State University - General Santos on August 9, 2022. On August 26, De Vera released a statement distancing himself from his sister's arrest. (PHOTO: Facebook/Prof Popoy De Vera)

Commission on Higher Education (CHED) chief Prospero "Popoy" de Vera III has said that he is praying for the safety of his sister after the latter was arrested in Quezon City for being an alleged ranking officer of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).

In a statement released on Friday (Aug 26), de Vera, who was appointed by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., distanced himself from his older sister, Adora Faye de Vera, saying that he fully supports the government “in its efforts to end the communist insurgency.”

“I recently read in the news that Adora Faye de Vera has been arrested in Metro Manila by law enforcement authorities from Region 6. As a sibling, I hope and pray for her safety and good health in detention as she faces the cases filed against her,” de Vera said, adding that he does not “share her views nor support her actions.”

The CHED chief said that he has neither spoken to nor seen his sister for more than 25 years “since she decided to rejoin the underground movement.”

“I fully support the administration of President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr. in its efforts to end the communist insurgency that has destroyed so many lives and property,” he also said.

“I will let the law take its course in resolving the charges against her,” he added.

Adora Faye was arrested in Teacher’s Village, Quezon City, on Wednesday by virtue of an outstanding warrant of arrest issued by Judge Guilljie Delfin Lim of Iloilo City’s Regional Trial Court Branch 22, according to Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr.

“[Adora Faye] de Vera is the subject of a Warrant of Arrest without bail, issued by the Court for the crime of Multiple Murder and Multiple Frustrated Murder with the Use of Explosives, particularly anti-personnel landmines that are outlawed by international conventions on warfare,” Azurin said.

“She is also accused in a separate criminal case for the crime of rebellion,” he added.

Adora was a human rights abuse survivor during the Martial Law era in the Philippines under the regime of the late dictator and father of the now-President Marcos Jr.

De Vera was among Martial Law survivors who filed and won a historic case against human rights violator Marcos Sr. in the Federal District Court of Pennsylvania, with US-based legal counsels representing the Filipino plaintiffs.

She was reportedly abducted and tortured by ununiformed forces of Military Intelligence Security Group, Constabulary Security Unit and 231st PC Company in Quezon province in 1976.

Pola Rubio is a news writer and photojournalist covering Philippine politics and events. She regularly follows worldwide and local happenings. She advocates for animal welfare and press freedom. Follow her on Twitter @polarubyo for regular news and cat postings. The views expressed are her own.

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