Jane Balleta, grand-daughter of the late Anakpawis Rep. Crispin "Ka Bel" Beltran,

is one of the Morong 43 illegally arrested and detained health workers at Camp Capinpin


February 14, 2010





Jane B. Belleta is a grand-daughter of the late Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Ka Bel Beltran. Although an epileptic, she chose to be a community health worker.

Jane was Chair of the UP Mass Communication Council, and a member of the College Editors' Guild.




Jane's mother, Ofel, writes about her daughter and the campaign to release the 43. Ofel is now with the Crispin Beltran Foundation.

Letter of Ofel Beltran-Balleta


This afternoon at the scheduled habeas corpus hearing, I was greatly saddened and outraged when the military refused to present the 43 detained health workers.

Col. Balabad had two excuses: (1) time constraint and (2) security measures. In contrast to the lightning speed of their operations to illegally arrest and detain health workers, doctors, nurses and midwife; now they are very slow in following the Supreme Court order for them to present the 43 health workers.

I am a mother to Jane B. Balleta, 27 years old. She herself is an epileptic patient but she chose to devote her time teaching and helping the poor people in far-flung areas. Now that she's still detained at the military camp, I am even more distressed than the times when she was far away from home, devoting her time and knowledge in service of the poor who lacked access to basic health care.

Jane B. Balleta, is the grand daughter of the late Crispin B. Beltran. We cherish the triumph of our international campaign to Free Ka Bel and eventual dismissal of the fabricated rebellion charges against him. I believe that through our concerted efforts, once again we will triumph in the campaign to release the 43 health workers so that they can resume their selfless service to the masses.

We thank you all for supporting our appeals for immediate release of
the 43 health workers.



Press Release
February 8, 2010

Pia condemns mass arrest of health workers

Statement of Senator Pia S. Cayetano
Chairperson, Senate Committee on Social Justice

"The 202nd Infantry Brigade of the armed forces should be made accountable for violating the rights of the 43 health personnel who were rounded up last Saturday while attending a training seminar in Morong, Rizal then later detained incognito at Camp Capinpin. The military's refusal to grant access to the health workers' relatives, lawyers and even the quick-reaction team of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) is a clear violation of their Constitutional rights to liberty and presumption of innocence until proven otherwise. This act should not be tolerated by the Arroyo regime.

"I would like to remind the arresting officers that our country is not under martial law anymore. The warrant used to round up the 43 was reportedly flawed. Since when can an arrest warrant issued against a specified person be used for a mass arrest? I sympathize with the relatives of the detained doctors, nurse, midwife and health volunteers. Is it now a crime to serve remote communities where government health services are hardly available, if at all? The military has no authority to detain incognito any citizen on mere suspicion of being communist rebels or supporters. The military should immediately produce all 43 and face the CHR and the courts."




"We condemn the claims of the Philippine Army that Dr. Alexis Montes is a member of New People's Army that plot to assasinate Gen. Palparan. Dr. Montes is active in health ministry of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines. His involvement in the community health development is part of his faith and role as christian to lift and protect God's given life especially of our marginalized brothers and sisters"