August 20,2010:WOMEN POLITICAL PRISONERS OF THE MORONG 43 STAGE NOISE BARRAGE; CALL FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF JUDILYN AND BABY

WOMEN POLITICAL PRISONERS OF THE MORONG 43 STAGE NOISE BARRAGE; CALL FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF JUDILYN AND BABY

Women political prisoners from the Morong 43, the group of medical professionals and community health workers illegally arrested, tortured and are currently still detained yesterday held a noise barrage inside the women’s detention facility at the Metro Manila District Jail – SICA Compound, Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig.

The women detainees conducted the said activity in protest of the recent transfer of Carina “Judilyn” Oliveros and her three-week old baby from the Philippine General Hospital to the said detention facility.

“This is an additional injustice to Judilyn. Like us who are illegally arrested and detained, being pregnant while in prison is an additional suffering and sacrifice on her part…Need Judilyn and baby have to suffer more? Is justice and humaneness elusive again as in the era of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo? We stand firm and continue to campaign for Judilyn and baby’s immediate release,” the women said in their collective statement on the issue.

Visitation rights were suspended for yesterday at the women’s sector after the noise barrage of the women political prisoners as part of their “disciplinary action,” according to jail officials. Some relatives of the women of Morong 43 were not allowed to visit. Sunning rights were also suspended for one week.

Cristina Palabay, convenor of Tanggol Bai (Association of Women Human Rights Defenders), said the noise barrage of the Morong 43 is a legitimate exercise of their right to free expression.

“Prison officials should also be reminded that under Republic Act 7438, every arrested or detained person shall be allowed visits or conferences with any member of his/her immediate family, among other individuals and institutions,” Palabay stated.

The women political prisoners appealed to Pres. Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III for humane treatment and speedy justice by releasing Oliveros and baby and all political prisoners.

“We call on Pres. Aquino to exercise prudence and understanding on the plight of political prisoners as his late father, Senator Benigno Aquino, was himself a victim of political persecution under the Marcos administration. Free the 43 health workers, free all political prisoners,” they said.

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