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…Read More
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…Read More
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.
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…Read More
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…Read More