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Two ailing, elderly political prisoners currently in hospitals

Yesterday, December 4, 2016, at 8 a.m., another elderly and ailing political prisoner, Apolonio Barado, was admitted to the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) hospital in Muntinlupa City due to chest pains. 

Karapatan supports fasting of political prisoners and kin

Karapatan welcomes news on President Duterte’s pardon of political prisoners Rico Bodino (Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm), Dindo Absalon and Bonifacio Suyom (Leyte Regional Prison), and Martin Villanueva (New Bilibid Prison) to facilitate their long-overdue release from jails. Since 2011, their names have been submitted to the Presidential Committee on Bail, Recognizance and Pardon (PCBREP) and recommended to former Pres. BS Aquino, who didn’t act on their release.

Kin of political prisoners start fasting nationwide to call for loved ones' immediate release

Kin of political prisoners (PPs) question GRP’s sincerity to fulfill commitment to release their loved ones

GRP unilateral ceasefire not conducive for just peace

In response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s statement that he will not order the Armed Forces of the Philippines to withdraw from civilian communities, Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay said “the problem is that there is no let-up in the harassment, threats and perpetuation of terror by soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in rural communities.” 

GRP accountable for death of ailing political prisoner

“Accountability on the death of political prisoner Bernabe Ocasla lies squarely on the Government of the Republic of the Philippines. Instead of immediately fulfilling its commitment to release all political prisoners, especially the ailing and elderly political prisoners, the Duterte administration, through its GRP peace panel, have spewed mere rhetorics instead of actually releasing them. We express our condolences with the family of Bernabe Ocasla. We mourn for yet another political prisoner who died in detention, because of the State’s continuing injustice against them,” said Cristina Palabay, Karapatan Secretary General. 

Elderly political prisoner now in coma

“How many more ailing political prisoners will end up in life threatening conditions before GPH fulfils its commitment to release all political prisoners?” Roneo Clamor, Karapatan deputy secretary general, said.  

Bernabe Ocasla, political prisoner 

Karapatan: OPAPP remains #paasa to hopeful political prisoners, release them now

"Enough of the delays, enough of the injustice, let all political prisoners be united with their loved ones," Roneo Clamor, deputy secretary general of Karapatan said in front of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP). “OPAPP should immediately work for the release of all political prisoners without excuses and deliberate misinformation,” Clamor said.

Political prisoners (PPs), kin ask Norwegian Minister: press for amnesty, PPs release

Political prisoners from Caloocan City Jail, (CCJ) Emmanuel Bacarra, Billy S. Morado, and Felimon S. Tuba wrote a letter to Norway’s Foreign Minister Borge Brende as the latter is scheduled for a country visit starting today, November 22, to November 25. 

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