Leftist groups harassed Nasino’s jail guards – DILG Usec
MANILA, Philippines — Interior Undersecretary and spokesperson Jonathan Malaya on Friday said that leftists groups verbally abused jail escorts who accompanied and secured political detainee Reina Mae Nasino at her child’’s wake.
“The BJMP [Bureau of Jail Management and Penology] jail officers assigned to escort Nasino were insulted, harassed and verbally abused by leftist groups aligned with Ms. Nasino. Truth be told, it was the leftist groups who caused the tension during the wake when they suddenly vented their ire on the BJMP officers who were just doing their jobs,” Malaya said in a statement.
Malaya also accused the leftist groups of “hogging the headlines” during the wake.
“What was supposed to be a solemn occasion for a mother to peacefully grieve the death of her daughter was intentionally turned into a media spectacle at the clear instigation of these leftist groups,” he said.
“We commiserate and condole with Ms. Nasino and respect her right to grieve the death of her daughter. However, we condemn in the strongest terms the acts of these leftist groups that placed the security of Ms. Nasino and the lives of our jail officers at risk,” Malaya added.
The National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) previously disclosed that it will file cases against personnel of the BJMP over the tension that erupted while Nasino was at the wake.
NUPL said the prison guards prevented Nasino from responding to media queries.
Nasino’s child was laid to rest at the Manila North Cemetery Friday afternoon.
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