Dec 2, 2020 @ 16:29

Political detainee Reina Nasino charges police, BJMP for ‘acts of torture’

Jailed activist Reina Mae Nasino wants to make police and jail officials pay for the “inhuman” treatment given to her and to her late daughter River Emmanuelle.

Nasino through the National Union of People’s Lawyers on Wednesday filed multiple criminal and administrative complaints against personnel of the Manila Police Department and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology weeks after the death and chaotic wake and burial of her three-month-old baby.

Nasino’s camp was clearly enraged in the 69-page complaint filed before the Office of the Ombudsman on Wednesday, where she wanted top officials dismissed from service. Among the charges she slapped were violations of Republic Act 6713 or the Code of Conduct for Public Officials and Employees, RA 6770 or The Ombudsman Act, and RA 10028 or the Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act.

Perhaps the most serious allegation of all is the claim of violating RA 9745 or the Anti-Torture Act, as Nasino said that the maltreatment towards her and her dead child caused “severe pain and suffering.”

“All of these acts were calculated to undermine my dignity and morale, especially when reports that I am actually a political prisoner — an activist incarcerated on account of my political beliefs — became widespread,” the complaint read.

“Indeed, the punishment ahead of any conviction that I have been enduring since baby RIVER was taken away from me continued beyond her death. Respondents committed this through the employment of methods and circumstances to purposefully inflict severe mental pain or suffering upon me.”

“The foregoing maltreatment, disrespect of my deceased child, and wrongful interference with her funeral and burial all indicate intent on the part of respondents to inflict psychological or mental harm, force, violence, threat or intimidation and demean or degrade my human dignity,” the lawyers added.

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