- Posted March 6, 2012 by
Actor visits jailed rights activist in Davao
Inside the detention cell, Padilla expressed his support to Tulawie advising the rights activist to keep his faith strong and continue his quest for the protection of the peoples' rights.
Padilla said he and Tulawie have been friends for years now and were together thru thick and thin in solving several crisis that struck Mindanao since 2005. The actor, a balik-Islam, and Tulawie, chairperson of the Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS), became friends after working together on series of philanthropic projects in the poor and marginalized communities in Sulu since 2005.
Tulawie helped Padilla’s Liwanag ng Kapayapaan Foundation, an independent charitable institution.
"Kami po ay hindi bagong magkakilala. Ako po ay hindi hinatak dito para pumapel. Isang malaking kalungkutan ang makitang sya ay nakapiit sapagkat sya ay kaibigan ko at sya ay simbolo ng isang taong alam ang bawat karapatan ng bawat Pilipino," Padilla said.
The actor said that he personally could not believe the accusations hurled against Tulawie. Thus he urged the government to reinvestigate his friend's case.
Tulawie was arrested by the combined team of the Philippine National Police –Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) Davao, and the Military Intelligence Group Region 9 (MIG-9) last January 13, 2012. He is facing criminal case of multiple frustrated murder filed against him by Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan in connection to a bombing incident in 2009 which injured 12 people including Gov. Tan.
"Hindi ko po inaaway ang mahal na gobernor ng Sulu. Ang sinasabi ko lamang po ay hindi ako naniniwala na magagawa ni Cocoy ang ibinintang sa kanya. Nakikiusap po ako sa pamahalaan, huwag naman po nating hayaang mapiit ang mga taong alam nating makakatulong," Padilla appealed.
Asked what advice he could give to Tulawie considering that he had been through jail before, Padilla said the rights activist could well handle any hardships inside the detention cell.
"Sa katapangan ni Cocoy, sisiw ang kulungan. Ang mabigat dyan yung pamilya mo, pag wala kang magawa kung sakaling may problema sila," said Padilla.
Tulawie is a well-known human rights defender and activist from Sulu. Before his arrest he was active in organizing campaigns to address the rights violations in Muslim communities in the province of Sulu affected by military operations. Just recently Tulawie was nominated for the International Frontline Human Rights Defender Award for the work that he has done in Sulu.