Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Group disappointed by court decision; outraged by the manner of taking back Judilyn Oliveros and child back to detention

The FREE THE 43 HEALTH WORKERS ALLIANCE was dismayed over the Morong Regional Trial Court’s decision to deny the motion to release under recognizance Judilyn Oliveros, one of the Morong 43 who recently gave birth.

Dated August 16, 2010, the decision penned by Judge Gina Cenat Escoto of Morong RTC Branch 78 directed the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) to immediately return Oliveros to Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan yesterday, Aug. 18 at around noontime.

Carlos Montemayor, spokesperson of the group said they were disappointed that the court failed to recognize the weight of their compelling reasons to bring Oliveros and her child together outside of detention. Meanwhile, they were outraged by the unjust manner how jail guards and escorts breached hospital protocols and served the court order.

Guarded with 15-20 guards mostly with long arms, Oliveros was forcibly taken out of the hospital. She was shackled on the way out of the PGH until she boarded the security vehicle and was only allowed to remove her handcuffs inside the said vehicle to hold her child.

“We are disappointed that the rights of mother and child were subverted when they were brought back to Camp Bagong Diwa.”

The group said that Oliveros thru her counsels sought the “release on recognizance” as a legal remedy on the belief and reasonable hope that the state would recognize the right of the mother to take care of the child outside the detention cell.
Montemayor asserted that Oliveros is not a convicted felon and was detained under unlawful means. Her rights were violated when she was illegally arrested along with her colleagues, psychologically tortured and continuously tormented by illegal detention.

This incident is a setback on the respect for human rights; the alliance resolves to work for the immediate release of Judilyn and her baby. As of today, the counsels for the Morong 43 are filing a motion for reconsideration.

Carlos Montemayor, RN
Cellphone # : 0922 499 6237

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