Jun 18, 2021 @ 11:45

Group warns state forces against another ‘overkill’ during memorial service

Kapatid, the support group of families and friends of political prisoners, warned state forces against another “overkill” during the memorial service for deceased political prisoner Jesus Alegre.

“We want a peaceful memorial service for Jesus Alegre as this will be the only time that his family, especially his wife Morita, also a political prisoner, can be with him after 16 years,” Fides Lim, the group’s spokesperson, said.

The remains of Alegre are set to be brought to the National Cathedral of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI) in Manila today, June 18. A funeral Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Dionito Cabillas, IFI, at 10 a.m. A program will also be held in his remembrance.

Alegre died last Sunday, June 13, after months of illness. He and his wife Morita, 74, and son Selman, 47, were arrested in 2005 and convicted of murder in a land dispute case although the principal witness already submitted an affidavit of desistance.

“The wake and religious service for Alegre will only last for a few hours. We ask the government to let us grieve in peace and pay our last respects to a good father, a good husband and a kind, helpful and brave political prisoner whom his fellow inmates called Tatay. He’s been in prison for 16 years and the only thing he wished for is to walk free and live with his family,” she said.

As of this writing, the Kapatid official said that the group is not yet certain if Morita will be allowed by the Correctional Institute for Women (CIW) in Mandaluyong City to visit the wake of her husband whom she has not seen for 16 years.

“We hope the CIW will adhere to the endorsement made by the Department of Justice allowing Morita to view his remains. This is her one and only chance to be with him before his casket is flown to their home province of Negros Occidental for burial,” Lim appealed.

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