Tetch Torres | INQUIRER.net
MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Justice (DOJ) has granted the two-year old request of cultural worker and poet Ericson Acosta to drop the criminal case filed against him.
Prosecutor General Claro Arellano confirmed on Wednesday that they have granted the petition for review filed by Acosta.
Acosta, 40, was arrested in San Jorge Town in Samar in 2011 while conducting human rights research. He was suspected of being a member of the communist movement.
He is facing a case for illegal possession of explosives before the Samar Regional Trial Court.
He is currently at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute in Quezon City. The Samar Court granted him a medical furlough after a medical team from the Public Attorney’s Office confirmed that he was suffering from nephritis, a condition characterized by blood in the urine (hematuria), lower back pains, high fever and painful urination (dysuria).