A week before President Benigno Aquino III’s State of the Nation Address on July 23, political detainees in detention centers around the country have started fasting to demand their freedom, Samahan ng mge Ex-Detainees laban sa Detensyon at Amnestiya (SELDA) Secretary-General Angie Ipong said in a statement Monday.
“They [political prisoners] shouldn’t be treated as criminals as what [the] PNoy government is trying to convey before the public,” Ipong said.
Ipong said that out of 385 political prisoners, 13 were elderly, 48 were sick, and 20 have been detained for so long and their release was overdue.
“They should immediately be released for humanitarian reasons,” she said.
Joining the fasting are political prisoners detained in Southern Mindanao, Compostela Valley, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Batangas, Isabela, New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City, Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City, and Camp Crame in Quezon City.
Their relatives, people’s organizations, and other human rights organizations also joined the weeklong fasting in front of the Justice Department along Padre Faura Steet in Manila. — Rouchelle Dinglasan/AE/VS, GMA News