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Wife of cancer-stricken political prisoner appeals for P-Noy’s Executive Clemency
On Political Prisoners
Monday, 04 July 2011 11:32
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Wife of cancer-stricken political prisoner appeals for P-Noy’s Executive Clemency

Clarita Umbrero, through a hand written statement sent to media appealed to President Benigno Aquino III for the release of her cancer-stricken husband Mariano Umbrero, a political prisoner jailed
in National Bilibid Prison (NBP).

In the handwritten message of Mrs. Umbrero sent to media by the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP), Clarita said “Mahal kong Presidente Noynoy Aquino, Sir, sana palayain mo ang aking asawa. Para naman makapiling namin si Mariano ng kanyang mga anak o maalagaan ng
mabuti sa kanyang maikling buhay dito sa mundo.”

Mariano Umbrero is a 64 year old political prisoner detained in National Bilibid Prison (NBP). He was diagnosed with lung cancer that is now in stage 4 according to the human rights group Task Force
Detainees of the Philippines.

“The case of Tatay Umbrero needs immediate and decisive action directly by the President himself.  Time is running out for Tatay Umbrero,” Emmanuel Amistad, Executive Director of TFDP lamented.

According to the group, Mrs. Umbrero together with representatives of TFDP and the Medical Action Group (MAG) have also talked to Chairperson Etta Rosales of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) about their appeal last June 24, 2011 during the event commemorating the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.

Chairperson Etta Rosales immediately texted and called DOJ Secretary Leila De Lima who replied by asking Clarita to write and fax her appeal.

Clarita also narrated in her handwritten appeal,“Sa katunayan po Mr. President hindi po alam ng aking asawa (Umbrero) na siya ay nag-stage 4 na, dahil po hindi ko kaya na sabihin sa kanya ang tunay niyang kalagayan. Kasi parati po niyang sinasabi na magpapagamot po daw siya upang madagdagan pa ang kanyang buhay. Kasi po naawa siya sa kanyang mga anak dahil hindi pa tapos ng pag-aaral ang mga bata.”

“We received information that there is a long list of applications for pardon and parole pending in the Office of the President. If they are still looking into this list thoroughly for some reason, we urge that they prioritize Tatay Umbrero’s case,” said Amistad.

“We ask the President to heed a wife’s appeal on behalf of her dying husband. Let Tatay Umbrero spend his remaining days free from the cold bars of prison,” Amistad concluded.

As of June 2011, there are 324 political prisoners languishing in jails nationwide according to TFDP’s records including Tatay Umbrero and Juanito Itaas, the longest held political prisoner.

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