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URGENT APPEAL (Philippines): Immediate and Unconditional Release of Ailing Political Prisoner
On Political Prisoners
Friday, 15 April 2011 16:35
Background Information

Case: Diagnosed with Lung Cancer
Name of Political Prisoner: Mariano Umbrero
Age: 63
Civil Status: Married with children
Place of Detention: Building 11, New Bilibid Prison (NBP), Muntinlupa City
Prison Number: N204P-2023

Brief Description of the Situation

Mariano Umbrero, a political prisoner and currently serving his sentence at the New Bilibid Prison-NBP (national penitentiary) is in extremely critical state due to diagnosed lung cancer.

Based on his clinical abstract after a medical check-up conducted at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) dated January 31, 2011, Umbrero acquired Non-Small Cell Carcinoma Stage II B. Some few weeks back, Umbrero complained of difficulty in breathing and had a sudden episode of intense epigastric pain which was severe enough to warrant admission in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of NBP hospital. Aside from the said medical findings, Umbrero is also suffering from multiple organ problems that include his heart and liver.
Last Updated on Friday, 15 April 2011 16:39
MILF wants govt to also release Moro pol detainees
On Political Prisoners
Monday, 10 January 2011 11:01

MILF wants govt to also release Moro pol detainees

01/08/2011 | 05:52 PM


Taking their cue from the communist-led National Democratic Front, secessionist rebels in Mindanao urged the national government Saturday to also release Moro political detainees to push the peace process forward.

Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panel secretariat member Jun Mantawil said now is the best time to release the Moro political prisoners, as the peace talks are at an “impasse."

“Releasing these detainees can help jumpstart the ailing GRP [Government of the Republic of the Philippines]-MILF peace talks ... This is the best time to make the release while there is impasse in talks," Mantawil said in an interview on the MILF website.

Longest-held political prisoner longs for freedom
On Political Prisoners
Wednesday, 29 December 2010 11:27

Source: Yahoo! Southeast Asia Editors – December 24th, 2010

By Jonal Javier and Ana Rita Supan, VERA Files and Task Force Detainees of the Philippines
For Yahoo! Southeast Asia

Christmas is a time for coming home. And so it came as no surprise when most of the health workers belonging to the “Morong 43” were released on December 10, Human Rights Day. Less than two weeks later, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, a military officer charged with leading a coup against the government, was likewise freed after years of imprisonment.

Still detained

A lesser-known political prisoner also awaits freedom. His name is Juanito Itaas. He is one of more than 200 Filipinos still languishing in jail for offenses related to political crimes.

Most Filipinos would not know who Itaas is. But the most important American officials in the Philippines would.

That is because Itaas was accused of killing 21 years ago Col. James Rowe, then the chief of the Army Division of the Joint RP-US Military Advisory Group (JUSMAG) and the highest-ranking US military officer in the Philippines.

Human rights group urges Aquino to free all other political prisoners- Vera Files
On Political Prisoners
Wednesday, 15 December 2010 17:32


A HUMAN rights organization on Saturday welcomed President Benigno Aquino III’s order to drop charges against the “Morong 43” and urged him to free some 300 other remaining political prisoners as well.

The President’s directive to withdraw charges of illegal possession of firearms and explosives against the health workers was announced on Dec. 10, Human Rights Day.

It was made following months of protest waged by human rights and health organizations who said the evidence used against the accused had been planted by their captors.

The health workers were arrested on Feb. 6 during a raid conducted by police and military agents in Morong, Rizal. The Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines had claimed they were communist rebels, but the group, which includes two doctors, a nurse, a midwife and health volunteers, denied this.

Emmanuel Amistad,  Task Force Detainees of the Philippines executive director, said  while Aquino’s move was “a step toward reconciliation and peace, this should pave the way for the review of all cases and the release of all political prisoners in the country.”

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 December 2010 17:39
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