Dec 2, 2020 @ 17:03

BJMP denies jailed activist’s maltreatment claim

The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology on Wednesday denied the allegations of jail activist Reina Mae Nasino that jail officers treated her cruelly during her baby’s wake and burial.

“The BJMP maintains that we have acted within the bounds of the law and the rules and regulations of the agency,” J/Chief Insp. Xavier Solda, BJMP spokesperson, said in a message.

Solda issued the brief statement after
Nasino on Wednesday filed criminal and administrative charges against officers of the Manila Police District and BJMP before the Office of the Ombudsman, accusing them of subjecting her to “abject cruelty and callousness” during her child’s wake and burial.

Charged were PBGEN Rolando Miranda, chief of the Manila Police District; JDIR Allan Iral, chief of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology; PLTCOL Levi Hope Basilio, station commander of Manila Police Station 10 (PS 10); JINP Ignacia Monteron, officer-in-charge of the Manila City Jail Female Dormitory; PLTCOL. Magno Gallora Jr., station commander of Manila Police Station 2 (PS 2), Jail Officers Angoluan, Brillantes, Navarro, Pasiona; MPD, PS10 and PS 2 elements known only by their surnames Pascual, Rara, Felipe, Reyes, Razon, Santiago, Padilla, Villanueva, Murao, Jargue, Sales, Dela Cruz, Ongjoco, and dozens of other unidentified police officers.

They were sued for violations of Republic Act 9745 or the Anti-Torture Act, grave coercion, violations of the rights of persons detained under RA 7438, maltreatment of prisoners, grave misconduct, conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service, and oppression/grave abuse of authority.

A charge for violations of RA 10028 or the Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2009 was likewise included.

“We reiterate Ina’s handling counsels’ submissions already before the court that all point to the glaring fact that she should not have been in jail in the first place. The subtext of our legal submissions is that hers is a case of patent abuse of authority by the state — of a negotiated procurement of defective search warrants; of a crackdown not on crime, but on legitimate dissent; of an oft recycled charge of illegal possession of firearms and explosives lodged against activists filed not on the basis of fact and evidence, but on the convenience of the unavailability of posting bail as a matter of right,” the National Union of People’s Lawyers said in a statement.

” How terribly we want the images of the previous week erased from our minds’ eyes for we have witnessed the absolute worst of humanity. The squall of neglect, inequity, and cruelty understandably shook many a people’s faith in the law and in our institutions to the core. Indeed, we have questioned our place in a system that has allowed a pregnant activist to be incarcerated based on false charges, that shrugged its shoulders at a plea to keep parent and child together, and permitted the atrocity of denying a mother even a moment of peace and dignity to grieve for her dead daughter, “it added. #

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