Thursday, April 22, 2010

Morong 43 has nothing to do with PNP's casualties in Antipolo ambush

Families and colleagues of the 43 health workers illegally detained at Camp Capinpin stood their ground and asserted that their struggle for justice is framed on legal remedies and they will never resort to violent means.

FREE THE 43 HEALTH WORKERS NOW! Alliance denounced claims linking the 43 health workers to the recent ambush of SAF elements in Antipolo by alleged NPA guerillas. The alliance decried the statements of Supt. Mel Mabilin, Deputy Regional Director for Operations-4A of the Philippine National Police that so-called claymore mine materials will be compared to those that were collected in a training facility in Morong, Rizal on February 6.

“We condole with the families of the ambushed police personnel. We understand their grief as we are aggrieved too with the continued torture and detention of our loved ones. However, we are once again enraged that state troops will blame and link the health workers to the Antipolo ambush,” Mrs. Evelyn Montes, wife of Dr. Alexis Montes said.

According to Dr. Julie Caguiat, spokesperson of the alliance, it is irrational to compare materials recovered from the ambush site in Antipolo to those that were collected in the training facility of Dr. Melecia Velmonte because the ammunition and firearms that were allegedly recovered there were maliciously planted to discredit a health skills training by legitimate health workers.

“We challenge the PNP to uncover the truth in the Antipolo ambush and the unlawful arrests in Morong. If indeed they have nothing to hide, we challenge them and the AFP to face the Commission on Human Rights and face investigative hearings,” Dr. Caguiat ended.##

Julie Caguiat
Celphone Number: 0909 113 3038

Philip Paraan
Media Officer
Celphone Number: 0919 486 1580

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