Kabataan Party-list strongly condemns the forced removal of political prisoner Reina Nacino’s 1-month old baby from her custody.

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Reina Mae Nasino, a 23-year old political prisoner was arrested last 2019 when their office was raided illegally. She was detained while pregnant over trumped-up and non-bailable charges.

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The Manila City Jail Female Dorm warden has ordered the removal of Reina Nasino’s baby today, August 13, despite the appeal of the young mother to allow her to continue caring for her 1-month old infant.

“Ang paghihiwalay sa mag-ina ay hindi lamang walang puso at malasakit, ito ay labag rin sa karapatan ng isang breastfeeding mother na alagaan at tiyakin ang mabuting nutrisyon ng sanggol. Ang karapatan sa ligtas na pasilidad para sa breastfeeding kahit pa sa mga lugar ng detensyon ay ginagarantiyahan ng batas dahil kailangan ng bagong panganak na bata ang breast milk mula sa kanyang ina,” Rep. Elago asserted.

Kabataan notes that the State has a particular duty to protect inmates’ physical and mental health and well-being, as set out by the UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (also known as the Nelson Mandela Rules).

“Ang Kabataan Partylist ay nananawagan sa Korte Suprema na aksyunan na ang petisyon ni Reina Mae at 21 political prisoners para sa humanitarian release ng mga sick, elderly at vulnerable groups mula sa rekomendasyon para sa jail decongestion sa gitna ng pandemya. Dapat ng ibasura ang mga gawa-gawang kaso at palayain na si Reina Mae!,” Elago ended.

Kabataan calls on the Duterte administration to release every person detained without sufficient factual and legal basis, including political prisoners.

Likewise, we call on the Supreme Court and the Department of Justice to fast track the release of vulnerable prisoners, especially the sick and the elderly and the political prisoners who are detained due to trumped-up charges amid the threat of COVID-19. Time is of the essence here. We must act immediately before its too late.###

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