Political prisoner’s baby hospitalized after showing COVID-19 symptoms

Kapatid said that they have repeatedly warned of the consequences of separating Nasino and her baby. However, both the Regional Trial Court and the Supreme Court did not heed their call to release Reina Mae Nasino to allow her to take care of her baby even for at least a year. The post Political prisoner’s baby hospitalized after showing COVID-19 symptoms appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource: bulatlat bulatlatSep 24th, 2020

Grief and rage for Ina Nasino and Baby River

Featuring artworks inspired by the plight and struggle of political prisoner Reina Mae Nasino and her daughter Baby River. The post Grief and rage for Ina Nasino and Baby River appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2020

Año orders probe of alleged BJMP violations during Nasino’s furlough

Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año said on Monday, Oct. 19, he has ordered an investigation over allegations that the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) committed violations in escorting political prisoner Reina Mae Nasino to the wake and burial of her dead baby River. (JANSEN ROMERO / MANILA BULLETIN) “Pinatitingnan ko rin kung meron silang violations diyan sa behavior nila para we will also apply appropriate sanctions (I have ordered a look into their behavior so we can apply the appropriate sanctions),” he said during an interview over CNN Philippines. “I already instructed the chief BJMP Director Allan Iral to look into the matter and to see if there (were) lapses committed by the BJMP officers,” added Año. On the other hand, Año expressed support to the personal statement made by Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) spokesperson Assistant Secretary Celine Pialago who said that the alleged cruelty committed against Nasino during her visit to the wake and burial should not be sensationalized anymore considering that not all persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) are granted furlough. “Tama yun. Hindi lahat pinapayagan (She’s right. Not all PDLs are granted furlough),” Ano said. “So that’s one big privilege talaga sa PDL, hindi lahat napagbibigyan ng ganyan (Furlough is one big privilege to PDL, not all PDLs are granted that),” he pointed out. The secretary explained that being a PDL “hanggang hindi natatapos ang kaso mo deprived of liberty ka kasama na ang ibang karapatan mo diyan sapagkat nahaharap ka sa kaso (until all you cases are done, you are deprived of liberty as well as you other rights because you are facing charges). He said that Nasino has been ordered detained by a Manila court due to non-bailable charges of illegal possession of explosives and firearms. With this, Año believes that BJMP officers and personnel who escorted Nasino to wake and burial of her baby were just doing their job. “Just the same we regret what happened but I will stand by my people, the BJMP. They are professional people. They don’t have personal or vested interests. They are just doing their job professionally,” he stated. He reminded that the BJMP was only ensuring that the court’s order was being followed, which included not allowing the PDL to escape, that she will not be harmed, and she is safely returned to detention. Año defended the decision of the BJMP to keep Nasino surrounded with security personnel and keep her handcuffed during the wake and burial. “Yan talaga kasi yung standard (That’s the standard),” he stressed. If Nasino had managed to escape because the security detail assigned to her did not follow regulations, Año said these BJMP officers would face sanctions. “It was supposed to be a solemn occasion and you know we also sympathize and condole with the family of Nasino. Pero hindi siya naging solemn kasi dinumog ng tao, dinumog ng media (But it did not become solemn because of the crowds and media),” lamented Año who noted that the BJMP officers were outnumbered by the number of people at the wake and burial. Año observed that the BJMP officers “assigned to escort Nasino were insulted, harassed and verbally abused by these leftist groups aligned with Ms. Nasino.” The secretary explained that BJMP officers were also doing their job in preventing Nasino from being interviewed by the media since this is part of the regulations. “Yung interview hindi siya pwede sa mga PDL (PDL interviews are not allowed). It’s a big, big violation of the regulations,” he stressed......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 19th, 2020

Rights groups slam MMDA spox for ‘drama serye’ remark on detained activist

Human rights groups slammed Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Spokesperson Celine Pialago following her “drama serye” remarks at detained activist Reina Mae Nasino who recently buried her three-month-old daughter River.  Kapatid, a support group for families and friends of political prisoners, said those who downgrade what happened to the political prisoner are only trying to “cover the government’s gross violation of human rights.”  “The story of Reina Mae Nasino and her 3-month-old child who died last week is not ‘drama-serye.’ It is a real story that exposed the countless injustices committed by the government,” it said in a statement released on Sunday.  “MMDA Chair Danny Lim, a former political prisoner himself, should have long shown the door to his spokesperson. It should be obvious by now that sensitivity cannot be taught nor proper manners and right conduct if one is empty-headed,” it added. Meanwhile, National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) President Edre Olalia was more restrained, saying they would “do the same thing if she was in Ina’s position and circumstance. “To start with, we will never ever wish this horrible tragedy and injustice to visit the Asec, her mother, her daughters, her sisters and her aunts,” he said in a Facebook post. Despite having nothing to do with traffic, Pialago felt the need to “use her voice as a Filipino” to share her two cents on Nasino’s case. “Hindi lahat ng inang nakakulong ay nakapunta sa libing ng kanyang anak. Kaya yung mga sumisimpatya kay Reina Mae Nasino, pag aralan niyo mabuti ang dahilan bakit siya nakulong at kilalanin niyong mabuti kung sino siya sa lipunan (Not all jailed mothers get to visit their children’s funeral. So all of those who sympathize with Reina Mae Nasino, study well why she was imprisoned and know who she is and what her role is in society),” she said in a Facebook post on Sunday morning. “Masyado ninyong ginagawang pang drama serye sa hapon ang paghihinagpis niya. Tigilan niyo (You are trying to make her grief like an afternoon drama serye. Stop it)!” she added. Nasino was five months pregnant with River when she was arrested in November 2019 for allegedly being found with firearms and explosives at the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan Manila Office in Tondo, Manila. Her lawyers have insisted that the pieces of evidence were planted and that the charges filed against her are trumped-up. She gave birth to River on July 1 at the Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Medical Hospital on July 1. She and her baby were returned to the Manila City Jail 48 hours later. Before this, she filed a motion before the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) to allow her to breastfeed her daughter for a year at the hospital or a prison nursery.  But Manila RTC Branch 20 Judge Marivic Balisi-Umali denied this, saying that the jail has “very limited resources” for the care of her child.  Nasino was also among 22 elderly and medically-compromised detainees who filed a motion for their compassionate release amid the pandemic on April 8 before the Supreme Court. But months later, the High Court ruled that the trial courts will be the ones to decide on their temporary release. On August 13, the activist-mother was ordered to turn her child over to her relatives.  River was admitted at the Philippine General Hospital for fever and diarrhea on September 24. She was placed in the intensive care unit on October 9 where she died a few hours later.  A few hours before her daughter died, Nasino filed a very urgent motion for furlough so she can be with her child in her dying moments. On October 13, Manila RTC Branch 47 Judge Paulino Gallegos granted her three full days from October 14 to 16 to be by her daughter’s side during the wake and burial.  But the next day, he cut Nasino’ furlough down to only six hours from 1 to 4 p.m. on October 14 and 16 after receiving opposition from the Manila City Jail. The Manila City Jail cited lack of personnel, health concerns, and a guideline stating that detainees can only be at their loved ones’ burial and wake for a maximum of three hours. For both the wake and the funeral, Nasino was clad in a full set of personal protective equipment, handcuffed, and flanked by numerous uniformed personnel.  Tensions rose during the wake after her escorts tried to pull her away twice before her time was up, eventually escorting her out with 20 minutes to spare before 4 p.m. On October 16, Marites Asis, Nasino’s mother, had to kneel and beg in front of the police to allow them to hold funeral at 11:30 a.m. The cops wanted to delay it until 1 p.m. Police also sped off with River’s hearse to the Manila North Cemetery, leaving her family behind and thwarting activists’ plan to conduct a caravan around the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals before burying her at the cemetery. Nasino’s counsels at NUPL earlier said that they will file charges against those involved in the activist’s treatment during her daughter’s wake and burial. .....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 18th, 2020

Karapatan: Separating Ina Nasino from her baby is a brutal act of injustice

Separating political prisoner Reina Mae “Ina” Nasino from her newborn child mere days after she gave birth is “cruel and inhumane,” human rights alliance Karapatan asserted......»»

Category: newsSource:  samarnewsRelated NewsOct 18th, 2020

DoJ sympathizes with Nasino

  BY JEFFREY DAMICOG, CZARINA ONG-KI   Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Friday that the judicial process for the case of political prisoner Reina Mae Nasino has to move on following the death of her three-month-old baby girl River. “We sympathize with the accused for her personal loss, but her case is now before the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsOct 17th, 2020

Release of political prisoner urged following death of her three-month-old baby

"Nasino has already been cruelly deprived of her right to care for her child and to be with her in her dying moments. It is even more imperative to assert the call for the immediate release of Nasino on humanitarian and just grounds, with the appalling circumstances she is facing at present and to allow her to grieve this terrible loss of life," Karapatan said......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 10th, 2020

Fauci says Trump’s talk of Covid-19 ‘cure’ causing confusion

US President Donald Trump has been talking up an experimental Covid-19 treatment he received as “a cure,” but one of his top government scientists said referring to it as such may cause “confusion.” Anthony Fauci, the longtime director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Disease, gave an interview to CBS News on Friday where he also referred to the coronavirus outbreak at the White House that infected dozens of people as a “super spreader event.” Asked about Trump’s effusive praise for Regeneron’s antibody treatment, Fauci said that talking about a “cure” could be misleading because it hasn’t yet been proven, and the drugs that are currently available have only been shown to have modest to moderate results.  “We don’t have any indication — I think you really have to depend on what you mean by a cure, because that’s the word that leads to a lot of confusion,” he said. He then walked through some of the medicines that are currently recommended or have been temporarily approved against the disease. These include the antiviral remdesivir which has been shown to diminish time to recovery among hospitalized patients, and the steroid dexamethasone, which reduces mortality rates in patients who need supplemental oxygen. Regeneron’s treatment belongs to a class of drug called monoclonal antibodies. Fauci said that while these had been “showing promise in clinical trials,” the research is still ongoing and no final determination has been made. Fauci was also asked about the low level of mask use at the White House until recently, and what lessons could be learned. “I think the — the data speaks for themselves,” the scientist said of mask-wearing.  “We had a super-spreader event in the White House and it was in a situation where people were crowded together and were not wearing masks. So the data speak for themselves.” More than 30 people are thought to have been infected at a White House ceremony held September 26 for the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. The president’s doctor Sean Conley has said Trump may return to public engagements as early as Saturday, raising fears that he may still have high levels of the virus in his body and therefore still be contagious.  Fauci said he had faith that the president’s medical team wouldn’t allow him to do that. “I can tell you, they are going to be testing him to determine the trajectory and whether he gets to the point where he’s not infected,” he said. “I can guarantee you that they will be testing him before they let him go out.”.....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 9th, 2020

Lawyers urge court to allow political prisoner to comfort her dying daughter

“The movant [Nasino] thus prays that she be placed on a furlough so that she may be with her baby during her last days.” The post Lawyers urge court to allow political prisoner to comfort her dying daughter appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsOct 9th, 2020

Fixed COVID test price sought

P2,000 fixed price for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) swab test at all testing centers. Quezon City Rep. Precious Hipolito Castelo yesterday said the need to bring down the price of the reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) or swab test will encourage people showing any symptoms of COVID-19 or even those who are not to […] The post Fixed COVID test price sought appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 27th, 2020

Baby separated from mother after court rejects appeal

“Amid the pandemic and the modified enhanced community quarantine, authorities are pushing for the heartless and inhuman act of separating a baby from her only source of nutrition and protection at this early stage of her life.” By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL MANILA – Political prisoner Reina Mae Nasino’s baby has been separated from… The post Baby separated from mother after court rejects appeal appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsAug 13th, 2020

Government starts search for asymptomatics

The government will conduct a house-to-house search for people who are infected with coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 but are not showing any symptoms......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 5th, 2020

Groups demand release of political prisoner who gave birth

Nasino is among the petitioners in an urgent plea filed before the Supreme Court, calling for release of vulnerable prisoners in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The high court has yet to resolve the said petition. The post Groups demand release of political prisoner who gave birth appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsJul 1st, 2020

14 policemen isolated at CCPO are not showing COVID-19 symptoms

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The 14 policemen, who are isolated in the second floor of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) for seven days now, have not shown any symptoms of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Police Colonel Cydric Earl Tamayo, CCPO officer-in-charge is among the 14 policemen undergoing isolation because they were exposed to 25 […] The post 14 policemen isolated at CCPO are not showing COVID-19 symptoms appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2020

Mayor ng Tacloban kinuwestyon pagdadala ng pasyenteng may mild symptoms ng COVID-19 sa syudad

KINUKWESTYON ni Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez ang pagdadala ng Department of Health ng mga pasyenteng may mild symptoms ng coronavirus disease o COVID-19 sa kanilang siyudad. “Why bring the patients to Tacloban City, at the EVRMC (Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center), when they are only showing mild symptoms? Why not just isolate them at […] The post Mayor ng Tacloban kinuwestyon pagdadala ng pasyenteng may mild symptoms ng COVID-19 sa syudad appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 23rd, 2020

Newborn baby tests positive for COVID-19 in Cebu City

CEBU CITY, Philippines — A day-old baby boy in Cebu City is the youngest warrior fighting against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Central Visayas, if not in the entire country. The baby boy, who was tested for the viral disease as his mother had flu-like symptoms, is one of the seven new cases of COVID-19 […] The post Newborn baby tests positive for COVID-19 in Cebu City appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 21st, 2020

Pink tests positive for coronavirus

  MANILA, Philippines – American singer-songwriter Pink revealed that she has tested positive for COVID-19. The 40-year-old performer said via an Instagram post on Saturday, April 4 that two weeks ago, she and her 3-year-old son Jameson were showing "symptoms of COVID-19." She learned about her diagnosis after being tested by ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 4th, 2020

IPHO notes decreasing trend of PUIs, PUMs in Lanao del Sur

MARAWI CITY, Apr. 3 (PIA) -- Persons showing symptoms of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Lanao del Sur have gone down, according to the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO)......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsApr 3rd, 2020

IPHO notes decreasing trend of PUIs, PUMs in Lanao del Sur

MARAWI CITY, Apr. 3 (PIA) -- Persons showing symptoms of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Lanao del Sur have gone down, according to the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO)......»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsApr 3rd, 2020

Iran parliament speaker tests positive for coronavirus

TEHRAN, Iran – Iran's parliament speaker tested positive for COVID-19, state television reported Thursday, April 2, becoming the latest official to contract the disease in the hard hit country. Ali Larijani "was tested for coronavirus after showing certain symptoms, and as the result was positive, he is currently in ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 3rd, 2020

Chief Justice Peralta tests negative for coronavirus

MANILA, Philippines – Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta tested negative for the novel coronavirus, the Supreme Court said on Friday, March 20. "He tested negative of COVID-19 after traveling to the Netherlands early this month and later on showing symptoms of the disease," ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 20th, 2020