Panday Sining group calls for release of members nabbed for vandalism

Robie de Guzman
Police arrested the four members of Panday Sining for spray-painting political statements on public properties during the annual rally commemorating the birth anniversary of Filipino hero, Andres Bonifacio. | Photo taken from the Facebook page of Sama-samang Artista para sa Kilusang Agraryo

MANILA, Philippines – Left-leaning art group, Panday Sining, is calling for the release of four of its members who were arrested in Manila on Saturday, Nov. 30 over a protest art to mark Bonifacio Day.

In a statement, Panday Sining condemned the arrest of four activists by police after attending rallies commemorating the birth anniversary of Filipino hero, Andres Bonifacio.

The four, which included a minor, were apprehended by the Manila Police District for vandalism.

Police arrested the activists while they were spray-painting messages calling for end to political repression on posts of Light Rail Transit (LRT) line 2 in Recto.

Panday Sining said its members were manhandled while being dragged by police officers in civilian clothes.

“We demand the release of these people’s artists. We demand an end to the Duterte regime’s tyranny amid the people’s just demands,” the group said.

The group also defended its members, saying its “protest art in the time of narrowing space for free and critical thinking is not only just necessary.”

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Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso in a statement on Sunday, Dec. 1, said he had warned the group against committing vandalism.

“You were warned. Nag-abiso na ako. Nananawagan po ako na huwag ninyo nang ulitin. Inulit niyo pa rin. Sinusubukan niyo kung may batas at liderato sa Maynila,” he said.

“Kailangan niyo pong harapin ngayon ang bisa ng batas,” he added.

In November, the group earned Mayor Isko’s ire after they spray-painted messages on the newly-refurbished walls of Lagusnilad underpass and UN Avenue.

Mayor Isko warned the group that he will make them “wipe the paint off with their tongue” if he happens to catch them.

He also earlier said that citizens have the right to express themselves but they do not have the right to vandalize public property.

Vandalism is a prohibited act in the City of Manila under Ordinance No. 7971 which imposes penalties on any person who defaces public and private property.

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