Prolonged Illegal Detention is Justice Denied!
We, the Morong 43 appeal to our government for an impartial and swift justice on our case and the cases of all political prisoners in the country. For eight months ,we are languishing in jail. We are being detained illegally based on a defective warrant. In addition, we are falsely accused of illegal possession of fire arms and explosives while conducting a health training. Furthermore, our case in the Court of Appeals, has not been acted upon since April 2010.
While in detention, our rights are continuously violated. For the first 3 months
under military detention, we had been subjected to physical and psychological torture while being handcuffed and blindfolded for six hours. Twice, our military
captors blocked our motion for transfer to a civilian detention facility.
Now while on civilian detention, the court denied Judilyn Oliveros’ motion for release on recognizance, to stay out of jail, and only granted a three-month stay at the hospital.
Until now we can not understand what crime have we committed to suffer these kinds of injustices. Is it a crime and impart health knowledge and skills to community health workers in order to help deprived communities of health services?
Eight months of detention has caused suffering to our families, relatives, friends and supporters. The communities that we serve are continuously being neglected and are still suffering from basic health care.
On this day, we join the National Day of Action and Sympathy Fast to protest the continued trampling and violation of our human rights. We appeal to all freedom-loving people to help fight for and restore the respect to the rule of law and above all respect for human rights.
We ask President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III to release us and all political prisoners without conditions to concretize his banner pronouncement during his State-of-the-Nation Address on respect for human rights.
Prolonged illegal detention is justice denied!
Free the 43 community health workers!
Free all political prisoners!
August 19,2010: SELDA CONDEMNS TRANSFER OF NEWBORN AND DETAINED MOTHER TO JAIL; CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF MOTHER AND CHILD
The Samahan ng mga Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Para sa Amnestiya (SELDA), an organization of former and current political prisoners, today slammed the recent transfer of Carina “Judilyn” Oliveros, one of the political prisoners collectively known as the Morong 43, and her 3-weeks old baby from the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) to the Women’s Sector Metro Manila District Jail – SICA Compound facility in Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig.
“We strongly protest the transfer of Oliveros and baby because conditions in the detention facility are not all good for both baby and nursing mother. We appeal to the Pres. Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino for their immediate release on recognizance for humanitarian reasons,” Fr. Dionito Cabillas, SELDA National Secretariat, said.
Cabillas said mother and child are currently detained at a cell inside the MMDJ-SICA Compound, where it is crowded and damp. Oliveros and baby are highly susceptible to diseases borne out of such jail conditions, he added.
Oliveros and her child were transferred to Camp Bagong Diwa yesterday upon the issuance of a court order by Judge Gina Cenit-Escoto of Branch 78, Regional Trial Court in Morong Rizal after denying Oliveros’ Motion for Release on Recognizance for humanitarian reasons, citing the non-existence of basis that the release may be granted. The order was granted despite the withdrawal of the initial objection of state prosecutors for the said motion to release.
“This manifests the graver injustices experienced by Oliveros and child, as well as the rest of the Morong 43, who are victims of illegal arrests, torture and detention. Justice remains elusive for the doctors and community based health workers, even pregnant and nursing mothers like Oliveros. Such is the deplorable state of the more than 400 political prisoners in the country, many of them were illegally arrested and imprisoned under the Macapagal-Arroyo administration,” Cabillas further said.
SELDA also expressed support for the noise barrage conducted by the Morong 43 today in Camp Bagong Diwa in protest of the transfer and continued detention of Oliveros and baby.