Death of two-day old Baby Diona Andrea:
Indignation rally and candle lighting in front of the Department of National Defense

 

Camp Aguinaldo

 

May 19, 2014

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Diona Andrea *

Laugh at the night, at the day, at the moon,
laugh at the twisted streets of the island,
laugh at this clumsy boy who loves you,
but when I open my eyes and close them,
when my steps go, when my steps return,
deny me bread, air,light, spring,
but never your laughter
for I would die.
 

- Tu Risa, Pablo Neruda

iniwan mo ang buhay ng kaybilis
nagparamdam ka lamang ng lungkot
sa karamihan ng nakakabatid
ngunit sa akin ay galit
iniwan mo ang kapaligiran
ng may pagluluksa sa puso
sa karamihan ng nakakabatid
ngunit sa akin ay panibagong sugat
kinuha mo ang isang kirot sa puso
ng pag alala sa isang masayang samahan
sa panahong nagdaan at nagmamdali
kinuha mo ang isang patak ng luha
na nagtitimpi sa mga mata na gising
sa karamihan ng nakakabatid
ngunit sa akin ay hinagpis
kinuha mo ang isang ningning ng kislap
sa pag asa ng iyong inang nakapiit
naghuhumiyaw sa pagtiklop ng umaga
kinuha mo ang yugtong iglap
sa mga isipang naguguluhan
sa karamihan ng nakakabatid
anut anuman ikaw ay isang lumbay
na dumaan sa panahon ng pagpupuyos
anu ang iyong ipinadama sa dagliang paglisan
kunin mo na ang lahat sa amin
bagay, pag aari kahit kalayaan at karang yaan
huwag lamang oo huwag lamang ang iyong
inosenteng ... ngiti

emil yap
Mayo 19, 2014
Cavite
 

 


* on the death of baby Diona Andrea, daughter of Andrea Rosal (a political detainee), who passed away yesterday at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) in Manila. Baby Diona Andrea was brought to said hospital unit because she was suffering from hypoxemia or oxygen deficiency in the blood. Since her birth, she was on artificial respirator and experienced seizures.

 
 
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Photos by Free Andrea Rosal Movement, Sarah Raymundo and Judy Taguiwalo
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News Release
19 May 2014

Reference: Cristina Guevarra, Hustisya secretary general 0949-1772928

Hustisya demands immediate, unconditional release for Andrea Rosal

Rights group Hustisya demanded that after the loss of her two-day child, Andrea Rosal should be released.

“Andrea Rosal should be released immediately and unconditionally. The death of her child is already too much for her. She should not be made to suffer any longer due to the trumped-up charges filed against her,” said Hustisya secretary general Cristina Guevarra.

Rosal gave birth to a baby girl on Saturday morning, which she named Diona Andrea. The infant was brought to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the Philippine General Hospital and was on artificial respirator due to pulmonary hypertension. She passed away yesterday afternoon, roughly two days after birth.

Guevarra also said the military is purporting lies in saying that they extended help to Andrea and her child.

“We do not need to be medical doctors to understand that Andrea’s detention has endangered the life of Andrea and her child. They offered death to baby Diona Andrea, not immediate and proper medical attention. We hold state forces and the Aquino government accountable for her death,” she said.

Present circumstances, according to the group, are just reasons why Andrea Rosal should be released.

“Andrea remains weak after giving birth. She is still in mourning. It is cruel for her to be brought back to jail, especially that her detention is based on trumped-up charges. She should be released on humanitarian grounds,” said Guevarra.

An indignation rally will be held later this afternoon infront of the Department of National Defense in Camp Aguinaldo to condemn the continued detention of Rosal.

“This cruel society breathes life out of little children like Andrea Rosal. We appeal to everybody to join in demanding Andrea’s release, and hold accountable all those who made her and baby Diona Andrea suffer,” said Guevarra. ###

 

     
           

Press Statement
May 20, 2014

Reference: Cristina “Tinay” Palabay, Secretary General, 0917-3162831

Why the Continuing Detention of Andrea Rosal is Unjust

Andrea Rosal is a woman political prisoner whose only offense, if one would consider it as such, is being the daughter of the late spokesperson of the Communist Party of Philippines Ka Roger Rosal.

This is not the first time that human rights violations were committed against children of known personalities of the national democratic movement like Andrea Rosal.

In 1989, when she was merely five years old, Andrea was abducted by soldiers while she was under the care of her grandmother in Ragay, Camarines Sur, in a bid to force Ka Roger’s surrender. The military was eventually compelled to release Andrea due to strong public protests.

Rebelyn Pitao, daughter of Leoncio “Ka Parago” Pitao, was brutally killed by armed men on March 4, 2009. “Ka Parago” is commander of the Pulang Bagani Command of the New People’s Army in the Davao region. Rebelyn was a teacher in St. Peter’s College in Davao City.Her body was found the next day in a dike with puncture wounds and traces of sexual abuse. Rebelyn was not associated in any political organization. Her mother expressed the only reason Rebelyn was because she was the daughter of Ka Parago.

On November 5, 2012, Grayson Naogsan, son of Cordillera People’s Democratic Front spokesperson Simon Naogsan, was arrested in Baguio City. He was charged with trumped up cases of murder and rebellion.

The violations against Andrea continue to this day. She is facing trumped up charges of murder and kidnapping with murder.

On March 27, 2014 7-month pregnant Andrea Rosal was arrested by agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Caloocan City together with companion Edward Lazanas while she was on her way for a pre-natal check-up.

Andrea Rosal and Edward Lazanas are peasant organizers in Laguna under the Pagkakaisa at Ugnayan ng mga Magsasaka sa Laguna (Unity of Peasants in Laguna, PUMALAG). Andrea was arrested using an invalid warrant based trumped-up charges of murder, and kidnapping with murder. Lanzanas, on the other hand, was arrested without warrant and is still under detention without any valid charges.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) charges against Andrea are baseless and the evidence against her are fabricated. The only basis/evidence for the indictment of Rosal and her co-accused are the sworn statements of a certain Erwin Rosales, alleged former NPA who claimed to have witnessed the incident; and Marissa Eclavea, widow of one of the alleged victims.

In his statement, Rosales merely described and identified the individuals who allegedly ordered and those who carried out the abduction/killing. He NEVER mentioned Rosal among those he described and identified. This indicates that Rosal was falsely implicated in the said criminal cases, thus her arrest and continued detention is ILLEGAL.
 


The State forces’ use of witnesses-for-hire like Erwin Rosales is very malicious. Aside from his original sworn statement, Erwin Rosales executed and signed three more sworn statements that implicated other individuals in the case and were used as basis of their arrest. Among them was Rolly Mira Panesa, a security guard whom he falsely identified as “Benjamin Mendoza” an alleged high ranking member of the Communist Party of the Philippines. Rolly Mira Panesa was released by virtue of a Writ of Habeas Corpus issued by the Court of Appeals, where it was ascertained that he is not Benjamin Mendoza, contrary to Rosales’s assertion.

During her whole day interrogation at the NBI upon her arrest, Andrea was repeatedly asked about her relationship with the late Communist Party of Philippines spokesperson Ka Roger Rosal and if Ka Roger was her father. Edward, on the other hand, was being forced to admit that he is an NPA member which he refuted. The interrogators threatened to peel Edward's sole and let him walk on salt if he will not admit.

At 7:00 pm the two were brought to the second floor of the building to take their mugshots and fingerprints, in front of the media. An hour later, they were brought to a clinic for a medical check-up. Andrea complained of stomach cramps but the nurse in duty did not attend to her and was instead asked to fill up a medical certificate. They were brought again to the 5th floor of the building and transferred to the NBI detention center.

Rosal was brought to a cramped and extremely hot cell most unfit for a pregnant woman. Andrea was allowed to see her doctor two days after her arrest and was prescribed hospital confinement and other laboratory procedures. Instead of immediately granting her court motion for soonest hospital confinement, she was transferred to the female dormitory for detainees in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City.

She did not receive any medical attention from jail authorities during her detention in Camp Bagong Diwa. Andrea shares a 5x10 meter cell with 31 other female detainees. Each cell has only a window built along the building's corridor; no window is built where fresh air and sunlight could get through.

Due to her arrest, Andrea did not have the chance to prepare for the baby's needs such as diapers, clothes, etc. She has to stop taking her supplements and has to make do with prison food rations, usually just rice and a meagre amount of fish or boiled vegetable.

Her transfer to the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) in Manila, after six weeks in detention at the CBD, was in accordance with a court order issued for her immediate hospitalization. This was unreasonably delayed by authorities from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP). Andrea was experiencing uterine contractions since the evening of May 15 but she was brought back and forth from CBD and PGH because the BJMP authorities said there was no available room for her. She was finally admitted only on the evening of May 16 and gave birth on the morning of May 17 to baby girl Diona Andrea Rosal.

The next day, at 5:00 pm, baby Diona Andrea Rosal, passed away at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Baby Diona Andrea died of hypoxemia or oxygen deficiency in the blood. Only then was Andrea able to hold her child in her arms.

Such a fate this mother had to suffer all because of an invented story concocted by the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Aquino government. Andrea was made to endure poor prison conditions, inadequate medical prenatal assistance, the loss of her one and only child.
 

           
     
     
     


 

Beng Rivera-Reyes
Namaalam na si Baby Diona Rosal, tapos na ang paghihirap nya.

Ngayon kailangang harapin ng inang si Andrea Rosal ang pagdadalamhati. Kasama mo kami, Andrea, sa kalungkutang ito.

Gusto ko lang sabihin na galit ako sa mga humuli sa iyo. Sa kalapastanganan sa isang ina na ang nais ay mailuwal ng matiwasay ang panganay na anak, hindi gaya ng dinanas mo na matulog sa sahig ng napakasikip na selda, na kailangan pa na magpaalam sa mabagal na korte para mag pa check up, na abusuhin ng mga guwardiya ang kakayanan nilang idikta kung kelan ka dadalhin sa ospital nung nag-la-labor ka na. Alam kong hindi ito ang hinangad mo para sa iyong anak. At hindi ito dito nagtatapos.

Palayain ang mga bilanggong pulitikal!

Click here for ANC intverwiew with Dr. Beng Rivera-Reyes

     

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NEWS RELEASE
19 May 2014
For Reference: REP. LUZVIMINDA C. ILAGAN 0920-9213221
REP. EMMI A. DE JESUS 0917-3221203
Jang Monte (Public Information Officer) 0917-4049119


GABRIELA SOLONS RAGE AGAINST THE DEATH OF ANDREA ROSAL’S DAUGHTER; AQUINO REGIME LIABLE UNDER INTERNATIONAL CONVENTIONS, ANTI-TORTURE LAW OF 2009

"We join Andrea Rosal in mourning the death of Baby Diona Andrea. Words cannot approximate the sorrow nor the rage that we as women and mothers would like to express as we hold no less than President Aquino and his Oplan Bayanihan accountable for this murder."

This was the statement jointly issued by Gabriela Women's Party Representatives Luzviminda Ilagan and Emmi De Jesus as the 2-day old daughter of political detainee Andrea Rosal succumbed to hypoxemia (oxygen deficiency in the blood) yesterday afternoon.

"The chronology of events that led to her daughter's death all indicate that Andrea Rosal was deliberately deprived of much needed medical care while in detention."

The lawmakers cited the report from human rights group Karapatan:

Andrea Rosal was seven months pregnant and was scheduled for her pre-natal check-up when she was arrested on March 27, 2014. Trumped up charges of kidnapping and murder were filed against her.

In Camp Bagong Diwa, she was imprisoned in a 5x10 meter cell with 31 other inmates. She did not receive any medical attention during her detention despite experiencing premature contractions. Her transfer to PGH this week, in accordance to a court order issued for her immediate hospitalization was unreasonably delayed by authorities from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP). Andrea had uterine contractions since the evening of May 15 but was brought back and forth from Camp Bagong Diwa ang the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) because BJMP authorities said there were no available room for her. She was finally admitted on the evening of May 16 and gave birth in the morning of May 17.

"Clearly, Andrea's rights were violated. The deliberate absence of medical attention despite her condition led to the death of Baby Diona Andrea."

The Gabriela solons further said the treatment of Andrea Rosal violates international humanitarian laws on the treatment of pregnant women prisoners of war.

“The Geneva Convention and its protocols specifically takes into consideration the conditions of pregnant women and provides for the accommodation of their needs during detention. Pregnant prisoners of war have the right to pre natal and post natal care. International standards recognize that the ill-treatment of pregnant women in detention increases the risks of miscarriage or permanent injury towards the mother as well as the unborn child.”

They also said Andrea Rosal’s custodians may be held liable for the deprivation of medical attention under Section 5 of RA 9745 or Anti-Torture law passed in 2009.

"The Aquino government must be held accountable for its callous treatment towards Andrea and her daughter." #

 

     
           
     
     
     

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ALLIANCE OF CONCERNED TEACHERS - PHILIPPINES
2/F Teachers' Center Building, Mines st. corner Dipolog st., Brgy. VASRA, Quezon City
Tel.Fax: (+63 2) 453 9116, (+63 2) 426 2238
E-mail: act_philippines@yahoo.com, actphilippines@gmail.com
Mobile: Mr. Benjamin Valbuena, ACT Chairperson (+63 916 -229 4515)
Ms. Francisca Castro, ACT Secretary-general (+63 917-8502124)

Andrea Rosal’s Baby: Another victim of BS Aquino’s Oplan Bayanihan

We mourn with Andrea with the untimely death of her new born baby. We hold BS Aquino as Commander-in-chief of the Philippine Armed Forces responsible for her baby’s death.

“Another angel lost for the Filipino’s quest for lasting peace based on justice, and we cannot just watch on the sidelines as the list of victims of human rights violations under BSA Aquino continues”, Ms.France Castro, Secretary-general of ACT said.

Andrea Rosal’s surname which is a source of inspiration for the underprivileged sectors of our society became on one hand her burden in the eyes of the military under the command of BS Aquino. The military unit assigned to Andrea and BS Aquino must pay for their insensitivity for not acting promptly on Andrea’s medical requests. And now her simple request to visit her baby’s wake needs another court decision to begin with.
We cannot but compare how this inutile government on one hand has treated Napoles, the Pork Barrel Queen. They are spending so much for Napoles while treating political prisoners like Andrea with disrespect for their basic human rights.

“We condemn BS Aquino for coddling real criminals while the genuine champions of the masses like Andrea are made to suffer to no end. Justice must be served, Ms. France Castro ended.

 

           
     
     
     

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Press Release
May 19, 2014

ANAKBAYAN CONDEMNS THE DEATH OF DIONA ROSAL IN THE HANDS OF THE AQUINO GOV’T

Anakbayan condemns the death of Diona Andrea Rosal in the hands of the Aquino Government. Diona Andrea Rosal is the daughter of Andrea Rosal, and the granddaughter of the late Gregorio “Ka Roger” Rosal. Diona died on Sunday afternoon, May 18 due to “persistent pulmonary hypertension”.

According to human rights alliance Karapatan, Andrea Rosal was imprisoned in a 5x10 meter cell with 31 other inmates. She did not receive any medical attention from jail authorities during her detention in Camp Bagong Diwa. Her transfer to PGH this week, in accordance to a court order issued for her immediate hospitalization, was unreasonably delayed by authorities from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP). Andrea was experiencing uterine contractions since the evening of May 15, but she was brought back and forth from Camp Bagong Diwa and the PGH because BJMP authorities said there were no available room for her. She was finally admitted only the evening of May 16 and she finally gave birth on the morning of May 17.

“The regime can afford to give proper medical care to high profile detainees like Arroyo and Napoles, how come they could not give the proper medical care for Andrea and Diona Rosal?” said Vencer Crisostomo, Anakbayan National Chairperson.

Andrea Rosal was seven months pregnant when she was illegally arrested by the combined forces of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP) and the National Bureau of Investigation Anti-Organized Crime Division (NBI-AOCD) on March 27, 2014. Trumped up charges of murder and kidnapping were filed against her.
The witness on the cases filed against her merely described and identified the individuals who allegedly ordered and those who carried out the abduction/killing. The witness never mentioned Rosal among those he described and identified. This indicates that Rosal was falsely implicated in the said criminal cases.

“In order to hide their incompetence this regime is willing to arrest innocent people just for the sake of looking good. AFP, NBI and all the government agencies that are part of this illegal arrest and detention should be ashamed of themselves, imprisoning a pregnant woman on a weak basis while letting monsters like Palparan run lose,” Crisostomo said.

“The death of Diona Andrea Rosal and the arrest of Andrea Rosal together with the thousand cases of human rights violations show that human rights violations are still rampant under this regime. The Aquino regime should be held liable for all of this,” he concluded.

Reference:
Vencer Crisostomo
Anakbayan National Chairperson
09328618369
 

     
           


Oyayi sa sanggol na kinitil ng kaaway
ni Rogene A. Gonzales


Para kay baby Diona Andrea Rosal

Mahimbing na ipikit
mga matang kay rikit
kahit puso'y ilang ulit
lamang pumitik,
sa sariwang hininga
ng naglahong daigdig
naghalo aming luha
sa lupa't naging putik.

Managinip magpakailanman
nang hindi na nagigising
o matuklasan ang pakiramdam
ng pagkatakot sa dilim,
ika'y takipsilim na palagian
at pulang talulot sa hardin,
ika'y ngiti ng kamatayang
sasapit sa mga sakim.

Munti kang ngalan at alaala
sa manggagawa't magsasaka,
mukha ng kay raming maralitang
pinagkakaitan ng pag-asa,
at kahit saglit ka mang nagkabuhay
sa sigalot nitong walang-awang digma,
pangamba kang sibat sa dibdib ng kaaway
sa katiyakan ng inang bayang lumalaya!


 

 

Libo-libo
ni Amihan Euza

Siyam,
siyam na mahabang buwan mo siyang dinala sa iyong sinapupunan,
dinama ang bawat galaw - sinok, sipa at suntok na wari'y galak na galak na sa mundo'y isilang habang iniisip ang araw na makikita sya't mahahagkan.

Dalawa,
dalawang araw matapos mo siyang iluwal, ang iyong mahal na supling ay binawian ng buhay
O, walang kasing sakit!
At para bang ikaw na kanyang ina
ang pinaslang nang makailang ulit!

Tatlo,
tatlong maikling oras ang ibinigay ng
gobyernong sa karapatan ninyo'y yumurak,
upang sa huling pagkakataon masilip sanggol mong yumao,
ni hindi pinayagang sa huling hantungan siya'y maihatid mo.

Libo-libo,
libo-libong nagpupuyos na puso ang karamay mo, Andrea.
Libo-libo ang sisingil ng hustisya sa pasistang estado,
Libo-libo ang lalaban upang bulok na lipuna'y mabago!
 

           
     
     
     
     
 
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May 18, 2014 at 6:12pm

NUPL on the death of two-day old Diona Andrea Rosal, newborn baby girl of detained Andrea Rosal:

In the Philippines and with this kind of government, only the dirt poor, powerless and disfavored by authorities die so unnecessarily. And die suffering. In pain.

Indeed what kind of society do we have when a heartless and uncaring government deprives, denies, or delays its mothers-to-be and their newborn the very basic, obviously urgent, simply necessary medical attention and assistance?

And yet finds it routinary to treat big time plunderers and killers with posh treatment and royal privileges?

Weep and rage.
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*NUPL is counsel for Andrea Rosal in trumped up charges filed against her in a Mauban, Quezon court.
 

Reference:
Edre U.Olalia
NUPL Secretary General
+639175113373
 

           
           
     


SUSPECTED COMMUNIST LEADER

kahit si Diona Andrea Rosal,
singhal ng mga kapural
sa ISAFP at NBI—

sanggol na pitong buwang
dala-dala ng kanyang nanay
nang kaladkarin ng militar.

Bumalintuwad na sa tiyan
ang banta sa balanse ng kapangyarihan
ng mga kapitalista at heneral.

Sanggol na nakakuyom na nang iluwal
pagka’t nakatanggap na ng kaparusahan
gayong lubid sa buhangin ang sakdal.

Ay, Diona Andrea Rosal!
dalawang araw lang ang itinagal
ng kanyang mutyang buhay!

Humahagulgol kami sa kanyang pagpanaw
nang mahugasan ang aming alinlangan
at lalong luminaw ang aming paninindigan.

 

- Mark Angeles
 

 
     


Hold Aquino responsible for death of Andrea’s baby—CPP
May 20, 2014

The CPP today issued the following statement:

The leadership and entire membership of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) condole with political prisoner Andrea Rosal and her entire family for the untimely death of her 2-day old daughter, Diona, after suffering from hypoxemia, or lack of oxygen in the blood.

The death of Baby Diona cannot but be related to the inhuman conditions suffered by Andrea in her detention cell and the denial of prenatal medical care.

For nearly two months before her delivery, Andrea Rosal was kept in a detention cell which she shared with 30 other detainees. Since being detained at Camp Bagong Diwa, she has not received the necessary medical care for pregnant women. She was denied access to an electric fan amid record high temperatures. She was made to lie on the concrete floor.
 


Despite the court order, Andrea was only brought to the hospital two days after she began having uterine contractions. The day after she delivered her baby, police, military and jail officials ordered Andrea to be immediately brought back to detention, in outright disregard of the fact that she had yet to fully recover from childbirth and from the trauma resulting from the death of her infant daughter.

The CPP joins Andrea, her family, friends and supporters, her lawyers, doctors and human rights advocates, in denouncing the Aquino regime for the inhumane conditions of Andrea’s detention and denial of medical care. The Filipino people are one in holding the Aquino regime, especially its police and military officials, responsible for the death of Baby Diona.

The CPP joins the growing clamor for the immediate release from detention of Andrea Rosal. It condemns the trumped-up charges of kidnapping filed against her in a vain effort to justify her arrest and continued detention. As Andrea has pointed out, she is being falsely charged of being a top official of the New People’s Army (NPA) by military officials to overblow their “achievement” in having arrested her.

 

     

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Breaking news from Karapatan:
 

At 5pm today, Karapatan received reports that two-day old Diona Andrea Rosal, newborn baby girl of detained Andrea Rosal, passed away at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) in Manila. Baby Diona Andrea was brought to said hospital unit because she was suffering from hypoxemia or oxygen deficiency in the blood. Since her birth, she was on artificial respirator and experienced seizures.

Andrea Rosal was seven months pregnant when she was arrested on March 27, 2014. She was scheduled to have her pre-natal check-up when she was illegally arrested by elements of the NBI and ISAFP. Trumped up charges of murder and kidnapping were filed against her. According to reports gathered by Karapatan, she experienced premature contractions during detention.

In Camp Bagong Diwa, where she was detained since arrest, she was imprisoned in a 5x10 meter cell with 31 other inmates. She did not receive any medical attention from jail authorities during her detention in Camp Bagong Diwa. Her transfer to PGH this week, in accordance to a court order issued for her immediate hospitalization, was unreasonably delayed by authorities from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP). Andrea was experiencing uterine contractions since the evening of May 15, but she was brought back and forth from Camp Bagong Diwa and the PGH because BJMP authorities said there were no available room for her. She was finally admitted only the evening of May 16 and she finally gave birth on the morning of May 17.

Andrea’s lawyers from the National Union of People’s Lawyers have filed urgent motions for the dismissal of the fabricated charges against Andrea as well as for her immediate hospitalization since the first week of April.

“We find the BJMP authorities, the Armed Forces of the Philippines and all government agencies responsible for the illegal arrest and detention of Andrea Rosal ACCOUNTABLE for the death of Diona Andrea and the situation of Andrea. Their blatant disregard of the rights of Andrea, including her right to receive immediate medical care and be in an environment conducive for conceiving and delivering a healthy child, are apparent in this case. Walang puso ang gobyernong Aquino para sa mga ina at anak tulad ni Andrea at Diona Andrea,” said Cristina Palabay, secretary general of Karapatan.

Photos of Diona Andrea by the Free Andrea Rosal Movement

 

           
     
     
     

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WHAT THEY SAY

Ma Cristina Guevarra

I remember the first time when we learned that Andrea Rosal was having contractions, shortly a week after her arrest. We tried hard to hide the panic, but it really felt like we're the ones about to give birth, or like Andrea is family. We alerted people to donate baby things. We talked about what to name the baby girl, jokingly saying she should be named "Rosa." We thought that we can set up a room in the office to be her nursery. Nursing mothers who still have breast milk said they can alternately feed the baby.

When Andrea gave birth yesterday morning, we were in the Santacruzan with children of victims of rights violations. Like Diona Andrea, they are children of political prisoners. It is courage for adults like us to hear that they do not want their parents to be killed, disappeared or imprisoned.

It is always painful to see little children go too soon, though some might say that she is now safe from the cruelty of this society that robs mothers and fathers, and breathes life out of little children. We appeal to everybody not just to share the pain of her mother Andrea, but to hold accountable all those who made both of them suffer. The Aquino government is tainted with blood of all those killed with impunity, including Andrea's child!

Baby Diona Andrea, we will continue to struggle for your Nanay to be free. We will continue to make sure that this society will be more just and caring for children, for mothers and fathers, for the people.

JUSTICE FOR BABY DIONA ANDREA!
FREE ANDREA ROSAL!



Prof. Judy Taguiwalo

Look at how our justice system works!!! Napoles, who is involved in stealng P10 billion from the people and Gloria Arroyo, charged with plunder get immediate medical treatment. Andrea Rosal, daughter of dead NPA spokesman Gregorio Rosal was arrested when she was seven months pregnant. Her baby died this afternoon.

" She was scheduled to have her pre-natal check-up when she was illegally arrested by elements of the NBI and ISAFP. Trumped up charges of murder and kidnapping were filed against her. According to reports gathered by Karapatan, she experienced premature contractions during detention.
In Camp Bagong Diwa, where she was detained since arrest, she was imprisoned in a 5x10 meter cell with 31 other inmates. She did not receive any medical attention from jail authorities during her detention in Camp Bagong Diwa.

Her transfer to PGH this week, in accordance to a court order issued for her immediate hospitalization, was unreasonably delayed by authorities from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP). Andrea was experiencing uterine contractions since the evening of May 15, but she was brought back and forth from Camp Bagong Diwa and the PGH because BJMP authorities said there were no available room for her. She was finally admitted only the evening of May 16 and she finally gave birth on the morning of May 17. "


Atty. Jobert Ilarde Pahilga

Si Napoles binibaby. Si Andrea Rosal at anak nya binaboy (sorry for the term).

Sino ba ang may mabigat na kasalanan sa taong bayan? Si Napoles na kasama ang mga kurakot ng bayan ay nagnakaw ng bilyunes? O si Andrea na kinulong dahil anak sya ni Ka Roger at nakikipaglaban sa mga mapagsamantalang mga dayuhan at taga gobyerno? Bakit si Napoles na wala ng sakit ay naka hospital arrest pa rin samantalang si Andrea na maselang nagbubuntis ay kinukulong sa selda? Letseng gobyerno ito. Hustisya para sa anak ni Andrea!


Renato Reyes Jr.

And in another amazing twist, Gen. Domingo Tutaan claims that the most stressful part of Andrea's pregnancy was the 7 months she was a fugitive from the law. Are we now to believe that being arrested and thrown into a cramped jail cell was the best thing to happen to her and her baby? Good grief, could we all be just so blind and stupid?


Atty. Nessa Abad

I woke up crying from the most heart-wrenching nightmare because my newborn baby daughter died. Ang sakit sakit. I think even in my subconscious, I am affected by the senseless, tragic death of baby Diona Andrea. Dear Andrea Rosal, we do not know each other. But please know that I grieve for your loss, even in my sleep.
 

     

 

 
           
     
     
     
     


Respect RH rights, needs of pregnant inmates

News Release
20 May 2014

Sen. Pia: Respect the maternal health rights, needs of pregnant inmates; Andrea Rosal must be allowed to attend daughter’s wake and burial

Senator Pia S. Cayetano today raised questions on the circumstances that led to the death of the newborn baby of political prisoner Andrea Rosal, daughter of the late communist leader Gregorio ‘Ka Roger’ Rosal.

At the same time, the lady senator said the country’s prison system must ensure that the reproductive health rights and needs of pregnant female inmates are respected and addressed by jail authorities.

“The right of a mother to reproductive health is universal and must be observed at all times, regardless of the detainee’s political belief,” said Cayetano, the principal sponsor of the Reproductive Health Law and chairperson of the Senate Committee on Women, Family Relations and Gender Equality.

“Was Andrea given sufficient medical attention in prison? Why was there a delay in her transfer to PGH from her prison cell?” she asked.

“Pregnancy is a most natural state that may proceed without complications. But being natural does not mean precautions should be ignored. Pregnant women in detention should be given decent living conditions and hospital care, if necessary. Such access should not be denied just because one is a detainee.”

“If a woman seven months pregnant is locked up in a prison cell that is merely 5 x 10 meters small, cramped with 31 other inmates, and when she is denied access to the necessary pre-natal check-ups and tests, then we are endangering the health and life of both the mother and baby.”

Cayetano also lamented the deplorable condition of ordinary inmates like Andrea compared to known high-profile prisoners.

“When we read about how some so-called ‘VIP prisoners’ have used their medical needs as an excuse to avail of hospital detention, it pains me to hear that a detained pregnant woman may have been denied of immediate medical access that could have assured her of a safe pregnancy and could have saved the life of her child.”

The lady senator expressed hope that Rosal’s request to attend her daughter’s wake and burial would be granted by the court.

“As a mother who also lost a child, I can sympathize with Andrea and the anguish that she must be going through. She should be allowed to grieve for her baby and given enough time to fully recover physically and psychologically.”

“Lastly, a full investigation must be conducted to see whether our detention facilities for women are equipped to deal with a mother’s maternal health,” she concluded. #

 


Gaping and galling inequality
By Manila Standard Today | May. 20, 2014 at 12:01am

That a one-day old baby named Diona Andrea, whose mother is a detainee at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig, died Sunday at the neonatal intensive care unit of the Philippine General Hospital is in itself devastating. All infant deaths, especially when they are from preventable causes, are tragedies.

But when this particular case is taken together with the medical privileges enjoyed by high-profile prisoners—one Janet Lim Napoles immediately comes to mind—the private grief of immediate family members turns to public outrage.

Diona Andrea’s mother, Andrea, was arrested on March 27 on charges of kidnapping and murder. She was then seven months pregnant and was on her way to a pre-natal check up. Andrea, who has denied the charges against her, is the daughter of the spokesman for the Communist Party of the Philippines, the late Gregorio Roxas.

Rosal was detained at Camp Bagong Diwa “in a 5x10 meter cell with 31 other inmates,” according to online news organization Bulatlat.com. She never received any pre-natal attention between her arrest and her delivery.

Last week, authorities from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology delayed Rosal’s transfer to the PGH, which had been granted by the court. Despite her uterine contractions which began on May 15, Rosal was brought back and forth from the detention cell to the hospital because there was no room available. She was admitted the following evening, after further delays.

She gave birth on May 17. After her delivery, Rosal was made to leave Diona Andrea at the hospital because the infant needed a respirator and oxymeter. When she returned and held her baby for the first time, Diona Andrea was dead.

In contrast, the notorious Mrs. Napoles, detained at a comfortable cell in Laguna, has access to doctors and hospitals whenever she feels she needs attention. She stayed for weeks at the Ospital ng Makati prior to an operation; she spent more days there, recuperating. It is also the taxpaying public footing the bill for her upkeep in Laguna—less fancy than the opulent houses she may have been used to, but still immensely better than the cramped cells many inmates endure, whether or not they are guilty.

There is something to be said about a government which allows this scandalous inequality to persist despite its pronouncements of “tuwid na daan.” The contrast between the almost-solicitous treatment of Mrs. Napoles and the disregard of the needs and rights of an expectant mother is just galling, especially when taken in the context of Napoles’ supposed knowledge of the dark secrets of those in government, many of whom swear to lead moral, honest and transparent lives.

It’s not just Diona Andrea or her mother, either. The situation is as real for every other detainee who suffers lack —if not absence—of access to medical attention, as if it were not a basic human entitlement, whatever the crime he or she is accused of is.

           
           
           
           

 

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