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AFTER A MONTH, STILL NO JUSTICE FOR BABY DIONA ANDREA- NGO

A month after Andrea Rosal’s daughter succumbed to death, a child-focused institution decried disappointment over the government’s failure to exact justice and make the authorities responsible for the death of Baby Diona accountable.

 “Katulad ni Andrea, magkahalong lungkot at galit ang aming nararamdaman sa bawat araw na walang napaparusahan sa mga may kakagawan sa pagpanaw ni Baby Diona. Malungkot kami dahil hindi pa rin napapanagot ang mga opisyales ng Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) na lubusang nagkait kay Andrea at sa kanyang sanggol sa nararapat na atensyong medikal. Gayundin ang aming pagkalungkot sa patuloy na pagkakapiit ni Andrea Rosal sa mga kasong hindi naman niya ginawa”, said Jacquiline Ruiz, executive director of Children’s Rehabilitation Center (CRC).

The group believed that unlike Napoles, former president Arroyo and other high profile prisoners, Andrea and her baby, Diona Andrea, were deprived of appropriate medical attention resulting to the death of the latter due to hypoxemia or oxygen deficiency in the blood last May 18. Adding salt to the wound, Andrea’s appeal to visit baby Diona’s burial was turned down by the court.

“Our justice system undoubtedly favors only the rich and in power. While Ms. Napoles can easily go in and out of the hospital for reasons still unclear to the general public, Andrea who was about to give birth to a new life was denied of a humanitarian treatment. Even now, justice is being denied as Andrea remains imprisoned. If the same fate will befall to the likes of Napoles, surely the government will immediately take all the necessary action to make the perpetrators answerable”, Ruiz opined.

 

Aside from seeking justice for Baby Diona, the group also appealed to the government to immediate release Andrea Rosal and other women political prisoners. “If the government is really sincere in addressing the glaring issue of human rights violations in the Philippines, BS Aquino must free Andrea Rosal including other women political prisoners victims of fabricated cases”, Ruiz ended.###