May 4, 2012
Reference: Cristina Palabay, Spokesperson, 09175003879
Angge Santos, Media Liaison, 0918-9790580
WOMEN RIGHTS GROUP HITS ILLEGAL ARREST, DETENTION OF HEALTH WORKER
As eight of the forty three health workers collectively known as the Morong 43 filed yesterday torture and other violations pertaining to their arrest and detention, another staff of a community-based health program of a Lumad organization in Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte was arrested last week.
According to reports from the Karapatan regional chapter, Helen Igloria, a community-based health worker, was arrested on April 25, 2012 in her residence by almost twenty members of the Philippine National Police and its intelligence unit, and the Military Intelligence Group operating in the area.
“The Miranda rights were not read to Igloria, nor was she informed of or subpoenaed on the trumped up charges against her. These are clear violations of the rights of arrested persons. This is a clear indication that the policy and practice of filing fabricated cases against women human rights defenders continues under the Aquino administration, contrary to claims by the government that the human rights situation has ‘improved’ under Pnoy’s watch,” said Cristina Palabay, spokesperson of Tanggol Bayi.
Igloria, 56 years old, is the administrative officer of the Kusog sa Katawhang Lumad sa Mindanao (KALUMARAN) health program since 1990 and is also one of the founding members of GABRIELA-Zamboanga del Norte Chapter. She also suffers from hypertension.
She is now currently detained at the Tangub Bureau of Jail Management and Penology Jail on trumped up charges of murder with direct assault. She is the latest among 32 women political prisoners arrested and are still currently detained under the Aquino government.#