Palanca awardee and poet-activist Angelo "Gelo" Suarez—who has long been a vocal critic of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT)—was arrested on Tuesday night, August 23, for allegedly vandalizing a train.
A security guard accosted Suarez at the MRT Quezon Avenue station because the latter allegedly used a marker to write the words, "MRT Bulok," inside a train.
A GMA News Online report revealed that "Suarez said he saw the vandal write the unsavory words against the MRT as he, along with other passengers, laughed."
Despite denying the vandalism accusation and the fact that the security guard didn't present any proof of his alleged offense, Suarez was eventually taken into custody by the police. He was brought to Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Station 10, where he spent the night.
All throughout Wednesday, August 24, Suarez was expecting to engage in a dialog with MRT general manager Roman Buenafe, who had reportedly agreed to meet him. However, the dialog didn't happen. Suarez was then subjected to an inquest at Quezon City Hall of Justice.
While an order for Suarez's temporary release was issued, he and his partner, Donna Miranda, were told sometime past 4 p.m. that the person who was tasked to sign the document had already left.
As such, Suarez continues to be detained at QCPD Station 10 as of this posting.
Many believe that Suarez is being harassed for his unrelenting criticism of the MRT. In 2014, Suarez's scathing open letter against the MRT went viral. Back then, as Philstar.com indicated, Suarez urged fellow angry commuters to complain on their own Facebook accounts using the hashtag #MRTbulok.
Right now, though, Suarez's supporters are expressing their support for him on social media with the phrase, "Free Angelo Suarez."