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First Person | Baby blues

Will the courts show compassion and grant Ina provisional liberty so she could care for and nurse her baby girl somewhere safe? Will they recognize Ina’s right to breastfeed her child who equally has the right to her breastmilk? Ina’s breastmilk is her baby girl’s natural immunization and best source of nourishment, especially at this time when her organs have not fully matured and there is a raging pandemic.

UN expert reiterates call to release political prisoners

“Politicians must be told that by keeping political prisoners in prison, they are making the fight against the virus more difficult.” By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat.com MANILA — A United Nations official urged governments anew to release all political prisoners amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In a webinar organized by Ecuvoice on May 29, UN…

Prison deaths underreported, watchdog says

“The Philippines is facing a real catastrophe if nothing is done to improve the dire health and overcrowding situation in its jails.” By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL and RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA – Human Rights Watch claimed that the Philippine government has not fully reported prison deaths, and raised concerns that COVID-19 is spreading…

Heartless, petitioners say of OSG’s opposition to release of sick, elderly prisoners

“The humane treatment of persons under detention and their release from prison in the midst of a raging pandemic are in consonance with international laws, among them the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, to which the Philippines is a state party.”

Speedy decision on plea for release of sick, elderly, pregnant prisoners urged

  “Some detention centers have clinics but have no doctors. There are only two to three doctors for the thousands of PDLs [persons deprived of liberty] in the whole capital.” By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat.com MANILA – While human rights lawyers and relatives of political prisoners welcomed the recent Supreme Court’s (SC) circular ordering…