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43 jailed health workers appeal anew for ‘immediate’ gov’t action

By Karen Boncocan
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 16:08:00 09/21/2010

Filed Under: Military, Human Rights, Health, rebellion

MANILA, Philippines ? The 43 health workers who are under military custody for allegedly being communists are appealing for support in a letter they wrote on Monday.

After almost eight months in detention and an appeal to President Benigno Aquino III for the release of one jailed mother and child, the health workers this time asked human rights lawyers to remind the President about taking "immediate and impartial action" on their case and to "restore the rule of law...above all, human rights."

They bemoaned how their motion for writ of habeas corpus has been gathering dust at the Supreme Court as well.

The prisoners, who are called the ?Morong 43? following their arrest in Morong, Rizal in February claimed how their rights were restricted even more so after they sought the release Judilyn Oliveros and her baby.

They told the lawyers that they were not allowed to receive donated food, denied medical check-ups and medicines, denied pen and paper, were housed in quarters with inadequate living conditions and their visitors subjected to strip searches.

The jailed health workers called these the "unwritten policies" being imposed by the personnel of their detention centers.

Of the 43, five of the jailed health workers are being detained in Camp Capinpin in Rizal while 38 are being held in Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig.



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