|A new stage of repression has been reached in the U.S. as Filipino human rights and peace activist, Jerome Succor Aba, 25, was detained, interrogated and tortured by Homeland Security when he arrived from the Philippines at the San Francisco airport. Jerome Aba is a Muslim from Mindanao where the repressive government of Rodrigo Duterte, with the aid of the United States, has been conducting a war against the people under the guise of a “war on terror.”|
Aba had been invited to the U.S. by the Conference of Catholic Bishops and several other religious organizations for a speaking tour on the situation in the Philippines and Mindanao.
According to Jerome’s recounting to Karapatan, a Human Rights Alliance in the Philippines, Aba was held for 28 hours at SFO and endured physical and psychological torture and harassment during his detainment. The entire time, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) held Aba incommunicado — they violated his basic civil and political rights, and withholding his access to a lawyer.
After this interrogation and torture, Aba was deported back to the Philippines where he was met by a member of the Philippine congress and human rights supporters.
BAYAN USA is a coalition of Filipino organizations in the U.S. and a member of UNAC.