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Doctors, Lawyers Criticize Aquino for Refusing to Order the Release of Morong 43 * Latest Posts Health Human Rights Human Rights - Front Politics & Governance Top Stories 

Doctors, Lawyers Criticize Aquino for Refusing to Order the Release of Morong 43

By RONALYN V. OLEA
“It is unbelievable that Aquino cannot do anything [on the case of the Morong 43],” Jose V. Cabrera, member of the board of governors of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), said.

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Community Health Workers Hold 10th National Assembly Other Stories 

Community Health Workers Hold 10th National Assembly

Bulatlat.com Despite the intensifying persecution of health workers in the Philippines- the most prominent and recent victims of which are 43 health workers who are still languishing in prison today- health professionals and volunteer Community Health Workers (CHWs) from all over the country gather in an assembly “meant to reaffirm their dedication and commitment to serve impoverished communities. ” With the theme “reaffirm our commitment to serve the people amidst intensifying repression and worsening economic crisis”, their general assembly is also the 10th General Assembly of Community-Based Health Programs in…

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Health Group Says AFP Desperate, Name-Drops DOH and PMA Health Human Rights Press Releases and Statements 

Health Group Says AFP Desperate, Name-Drops DOH and PMA

Media Release 21 March 2010 There is no official statement from either the Department of Health or the Philippine Medical Association stating that the 43 detainees are not health workers. According to Health Alliance for Democracy, neither the DOH nor the PMA has made any such statement and that once again, the desperate Armed Forces of the Philippines is resorting to outright lies. “The military is deliberately misquoting or misrepresenting statements in order to draw public sympathy away from their victims,” said Dr. Geneve E. Rivera, HEAD secretary-general. “They need…

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Lawyers of 43 Health Workers Block Arraignment at Morong Court * Latest Posts Health Human Rights Press Releases and Statements 

Lawyers of 43 Health Workers Block Arraignment at Morong Court

News Release March 5, 2010 Lawyers from the Public Interest Law Center (PILC) and the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL), representing the 43 health workers illegally arrested and detained in Rizal who are collectively known as the “Morong 43”, today blocked an attempt by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to have them arraigned before the Morong Regional Trial Court. According to Atty. Julius Garcia Matibag of the NUPL, the 43 health workers cannot be arraigned because the habeas corpus petition filed in their behalf is still pending…

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Torture and Interrogation of 43 Health Workers Continue: Docs * Latest Posts Health Human Rights Top Stories - Featured2 

Torture and Interrogation of 43 Health Workers Continue: Docs

By MARYA SALAMAT
Volunteer medical doctors for the “Free the 43 Health Workers” movement decried the military’s refusal to let them examine the detained health workers. They repeatedly requested, with the lawyers and family members, the camp authorities to let them see the detainees but they were rebuffed nine times.

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International Lawyers Group Denounce Arrest and Continued Detention of Morong 43 * Latest Posts Health Human Rights Press Releases and Statements 

International Lawyers Group Denounce Arrest and Continued Detention of Morong 43

PRESS RELEASE February 28, 2010 The International Association of People’s Lawyers (IAPL) reiterates its strong denunciation of the illegal arrest, continued illegal detention, coninuing physical and spychological torture, harassment and inhuman treatment of forty-three (43) Philippine health workers who were abducted by the Philippine military in the morning of February 6, 2010 in Morong,Rizal, Philippines.    Those arrested were  medical practitioners and health workers who were participating  in a one week First Responders Training, sponsored by the Community Medicine Foundation, Inc. (COMMED) and Council for Health and Development (CHD) at…

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A Long History of Attacks, Abuses Against Health Workers * Latest Posts Health Human Rights Top Stories - Featured2 

A Long History of Attacks, Abuses Against Health Workers

By RONALYN V. OLEA
Before the Morong 43, community doctors and health workers serving in rural areas have been the targets of attacks that range from murder, assassination attempts, raid and strafing to filing of fabricated charges and other forms of harassment.

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Community Health Workers: Unsung Heroes of a Failed Health System * Latest Posts Health Human Rights Politics & Governance Special Reports 

Community Health Workers: Unsung Heroes of a Failed Health System

By ARNOLD PADILLA
In a poor country where one out of two people dies without receiving any medical attention, where more than half of the population do not have access to basic health care, community-based health workers who provide needed services to fill this health-care gap should be heralded as heroes, not thrown to jail and tortured.

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‘Morong 43’ Cry Torture; Satur Denounces ‘Grandslam Day for Impunity’ * Latest Posts Health Human Rights Politics & Governance 

‘Morong 43’ Cry Torture; Satur Denounces ‘Grandslam Day for Impunity’

By RONALYN V. OLEA
After three days, relatives and colleagues were finally able to visit the 43 arrested health workers through the intervention of Commission on Human Rights (CHR) chairperson Leila de Lima, who earlier denounced the military for refusing access to those detained.

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CHD to AFP PNP -Release Abducted Doctors, Nurses, and Community Health Workers in Tanay, Rizal * Latest Posts Press Releases and Statements 

CHD to AFP PNP -Release Abducted Doctors, Nurses, and Community Health Workers in Tanay, Rizal

MEDIA RELEASE February 8, 2010 As thousands of Filipino health professionals are driven away from the country because of lack of enough opportunities, the government terrorizes the very few who chose to stay and serve their fellow citizens, Council for Health and Development revealed in a press conference held in Quezon City. In a statement, Eleanor A. Jara, medical doctor and Executive Director of Council for Health and Development said that at 6:15 am yesterday, February 6, 2010, medical doctors, nurses, and Community Health Workers (CHWs) were frisked, blindfolded and…

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Poor and Sick Filipinos Pay Dearly for Failure of Cheaper-Medicines Law * Latest Posts Economy & Business Health Other Stories Special Reports Top Stories 

Poor and Sick Filipinos Pay Dearly for Failure of Cheaper-Medicines Law

A law passed last year to bring down the prices of drugs and medicines has not delivered on its promise, according to consumer and health advocates. It failed to break the stranglehold of huge transnational drug companies on the Philippine market. It also squandered an opportunity to develop the local pharmaceutical industry.

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