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Court denies jailed mom’s motion to raise infant

/ 05:04 AM August 07, 2020

A Manila court upheld its July 20 ruling to separate political prisoner Reina Mae Nasino and her infant daughter.

Judge Marivic Balisi-Umali of Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 20 denied Nasino’s motion for reconsideration to have her newborn baby stay with her until the infant turns a year old.

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In the two-page order dated July 30, Umali cited the comment of the Manila City Jail warden that “a prison is not a place for a baby to stay especially now that the country is faced with [a] pandemic brought about by the [coronavirus disease].”

Kapatid, a support group for families of political prisoners, slammed the ruling, saying that separating the mother from her child during a pandemic was “inhumane.”

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Manila police arrested Nasino, along with Ram Bautista and Alma Moran, in November 2019 during a crackdown on activists. —NIKKA G. VALENZUELA

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