Free the 43 Health Workers! Alliance trooped to Malacañang again today to seek a dialogue with the President himself to order the release of the Morong 43 following his declaration that evidences against the health workers were wrongly gotten.
Relatives, supporters, and representatives from the health sector once again knocked on the doors of the Palace to ask the President to stop dilly-dallying with the case and let justice commence by withdrawing all cases against the 43.
“We will not tire on knocking on the doors of the President’s office until he hears our plea. Every day that the health workers spend in jail is a day of injustice,” Dr. Julie P. Caguiat said.
It is very ironic that as President Aquino joins other world leaders in calling for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, a pro-democracy political icon that sought to counter the military junta in Myanmar, he is mum on the continuing human rights violations reeking in his very country, the group said.
She added that Malacañang’s lack of time frame to concretely act on the case is very disappointing. “Mr. Aquino should walk the talk and not limit himself to lip service. If indeed he wants to correct the errors committed against the 43, what or who is holding him from acting on the case immediately?” Dr. Caguiat expressed.
Ordering the withdrawal of all cases against the Morong 43 is within the President’s authority, the group said. They added that by doing so, the courts can consequently order for the detainees’ release. “By freeing the Morong 43 and all political prisoners in the country, President Aquino can prove that he is indeed different from his predecessor Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo,” the group concluded.##
Dr. Julie Caguiat
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