19 May 2014
Reference: Cristina Guevarra, Hustisya secretary general 0949-1772928
Hustisya demands immediate, unconditional release for
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,”
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. ###
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
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
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
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.
ALLIANCE OF CONCERNED TEACHERS - PHILIPPINES
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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
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.
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.
Anakbayan National Chairperson
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
sa sariwang hininga
ng naglahong daigdig
naghalo aming luha
sa lupa't naging putik.
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!
ni Amihan Euza
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.
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!
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-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!