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Issue #1445      3 March 2010

Solidarity with jailed Philippine health workers

Forty-three health care workers and their instructors were at a conference and training centre in Morong, situated in the province Rizal when they were arrested by the Philippine military in the early morning of February 6. The Philippines military have since made false claims about finding explosives and other devices yet they have failed to make their “discoveries” public.

Since then, the Commission on Human Rights and family members have been able to visit some of the detained and discovered that they had been subjected to torture to force them to admit to being members of the New People’s Army. The military defied an order of habeas corpus to produce the 43 arrested in court on February 12 and have still not released them. The military have brazenly demanded that they “prove their innocence”.

On Thursday February 25 members of the Philippine community in Australia and local groups protested outside the Sydney Consulate of the Philippines. The groups included Philippines Australia Union Link, Migrante along with the CPA, Search and Anti-Bases.

The CPA has sent a strongly worded letter to President Arroyo of the Philippines and urges all our supporters and members to do likewise. Part of our letter stated: “For the sake of your international reputation and that of your government we call on you to immediately release the health workers who were illegally arrested and detained at Camp Capinpin, Tanay, Rizal.”

Protestors outside Philippines Consulate Sydney Thursday February 25.
Photo: Denis Doherty

Send your protests to:
HE Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
President of the Republic
Malacañang Palace,
JP Laurel St., San Miguel
Manila Philippines
E-mail: corres@op.gov.ph / opnet@ops.gov.ph   

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