CEBU -- After five years, political detainee Ramon Patriarca is now a free a man, following the dismissal of his case for lack of basis.
RTC Judge Jerry Dicdican ordered Patriarca's release from the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center.
He was arrested in Consolacion, Cebu on Feb. 5, 2009 by police and military agents and detained for allegedly being an officer of the New People's Army.
He was also alleged to be involved in attacks against government troops.
But Patriarca, who is from Manila, said his arrest was an "abduction."
Militant group Karapatan welcomed Patriarca's release, because he played a key role in the peace negotiations between the government and the National Democratic Front.