“It is a travesty of justice that pork barrel mastermind Janet Napoles has been acquitted along with her cohorts who are now sitting senators, but no political prisoner whose cases are made up has been included in any of the trumpeted mass releases of elderly PDLs since the start of the pandemic in 2020.”
Daughter of political prisoner assails ‘inhumane’ strip search during jail visit
In a handwritten complaint, Bona Fides Lusania said she was subjected to a strip search last Jan. 8, which was her first visit to her political prisoner father since the pandemic broke.
Under Marcos Jr., political prisoners say same repressive policies still in place
“State security forces continue to perpetrate with impunity extrajudicial killings, torture, forced disappearances, illegal arrests, and detention based on trumped-up charges.”
Gov’t urged to address needs of women prisoners
A support organization of families and friends of political prisoners in the Philippines talked about the challenges faced by persons deprived of liberty in terms of access to hygiene and other gender-specific services and how to advocate for the rights inside places of detention.
Rights group says PH jails ‘least safe from Omicron’
“The extreme congestion of Philippine prisons create a perfect petri dish to seed immense infections by the highly transmissible Omicron variant.”
Group welcomes release of longest-held political prisoner
“We commend the decision of the court and we hope this will presage more releases of political prisoners who are foisted with trumped-up charges in retaliation for their activism or to make them the fall guy to take the blame for NPA operations.”
Groups press authorities to surface peasant organizer abducted in Pampanga
“Time is of the essence. Everyday that he is missing endangers his life. Every victim of politically motivated enforced disappearance and extrajudicial killing, including plain murder, should have been a political prisoner.”
Death of political prisoners alarms families
With the death of another political prisoner in jail, Kapatid reiterated their call for the promulgation of the writ of kalayaan – a legal remedy proposed by Associate Justice Marvic Leonen in his separate opinion to the SC ruling on political prisoners’ petition.
Political prisoner dies after 16 years in jail
“What kind of government jails a family for 16 years and ignores all appeals for their freedom although the elderly Alegre couple are eligible for pardon and humanitarian release especially at this time of pandemic?”
Commentary | Pro-active doable measures to protect and save lives of prisoners
Kapatid seeks to join hands with you all to continue pressing government agencies for expedient, positive, humanitarian action for the benefit of prisoners, including political prisoners, amid the continuing pandemic. Tao rin sila, may karapatang makaligtas sa pandemya.
Separated from her mother, 1-month-old baby of political prisoner dies
Born last January with several health complications and a cleft-palate, Carlen was immediately separated from her mother after delivery through a caesarean section. Espinosa was taken back to jail in Guihulngan City three days after giving birth in a local hospital and was denied the chance to take care of her baby.