• Rights groups charge prison officials over Rosal case

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    Human rights groups on Friday filed contempt charges against officials of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) for allegedly violating anew the rights of political prisoner Andrea Rosal, whose daughter died just after being born.

    The Free Andrea Rosal Movement, Karapatan, the National Union of People’s Lawyer (NUPL) and other supporters trooped to Pasig City Regional Trial Court to formally file the contempt charges against jail warden and Sr. Insp. Ellen Barrios, BJMP Sr. Insp. Crisyrel Awe and BJMP resident physician Jaime Claveria Jr. over the forced and unlawful transfer of Andrea, the daughter of the late New People’s Army spokesperson Roger Rosal, from the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) where she was confined after giving birth to Taguig City Jail on June 4.

    Pastor Gil Sediarin, the convener of the Free Andrea Movement, said the BJMP officials involved violated the rights of Andrea when she was taken out of the hospital.

    “Around 6 p.m. on June 4, members of the BJMP stormed PGH and insisted on Andrea’s transfer despite lacking the court order. Her companions were prohibited from using their cellphones and were held inside the room. Andrea’s lawyers from NULP were also not informed about her transfer and were not even given a copy of any court order,” Sediarin added.

    The groups also berated BJMP’s Atty. Crisyrel Awe for manhandling Andrea.

    The groups also asked the Philippine Regulatory Commission and the Philippine Medical Association to impose proper disciplinary penalty on Claveria for his unethical treatment of Andrea.

    “Claveria recommended to Taguig RTC’s Judge Ilao the transfer of Andrea, claiming that she was already physically fit to be transferred. However, Andrea said that Claveria never examined her. We seek appropriate disciplinary action to this kind of unethical practice,” Sediarin said.

    “His professionalism and loyalty to his duty are now in question. Doctors ought to save the lives of their patients. What Claveria did was totally condemnable given the repercussions that may happen to Andrea with her abrupt transfer. Doctors should be life savers, not hell draggers!” Sediarin added.

    Members of the Free Andrea Movement and other supporters also staged a protest rally in front of the Pasig City court to demand the immediate release of Andrea and seek accountability for the government agencies involved with the death of her daughter.

    “We vow to drumbeat Andrea’s case through mass protests and campaign for her unconditional release. As the Aquino administration remains deaf on our complaint, we will seek the international court to pressure the government to act on Andrea’s case,” Sediarin said.

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