Friday, October 15, 2010

‘Rectifying errors’ in Morong 43 arrest should end in the withdrawal of the case and the unconditional release of health workers

“‘Rectifying errors’ in Morong 43 arrest should end in the withdrawal of the case and the unconditional release of 43 illegally detained healthworkers”, this was the statement made by Dr. Julie Caguiat, spokesperson of the FREE THE 43 HEALTH WORKERS ALLIANCE.

The group consisted of kin and supporters of the Morong 43 reacted to the statement given the President Noynoy Aquino himself during his press briefing last Thursday,Oct. 14. Where Aquino personally declared that there were “irregularities “ related to the arrest.

According to the President referred to the Morong 43 case as a‘fruit of the poisonous tree’ using the legal jargon which simply described the case being fraught with legal infirmities, and thus should end the injustice wrought upon the health workers.

“Beyond the court, such as explicit admission by the President himself and as the Commander –in- chief of the armed forces, of the irregularities is paramount to the innocence of the Morong 43 and unlawfulness of their continued detention”Caguiat said.

“What is keeping the President from recommending withdrawal of case?” asked the group. This is said in light of the amnesty given to the Magdalo soldiers.

According to the alliance, the Aquino government has a direct and significant command with its capacity to withdraw the case since the Department of Justice (DOJ) under the executive branch was the agency involved in filing wrongful charges against the Morong 43.

The group called on Malacanang that by addressing the case of the Morong 43, they not only rectify the historic injustices of the Arroyo administration but can also show how committted the Aquino government is to protect human rights. ###
Reference :
Dr. Julie Caguiat, Spokesperson
FREE THE 43 HEALTH WORKERS ALLIANCE

Mobile: 0909 113 3038 / 0919 486 1580

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