Healthworkers arrested in Morong

6 Feb

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  1. Dyaryo Boy February 7, 2010 at 12:23 am #

    Kin to seek habeas corpus for arrested doctors
    By Nancy C. Carvajal
    Philippine Daily Inquirer
    First Posted 14:54:00 02/07/2010

    Filed Under: Healthcare Providers, Armed conflict, Abduction
    MANILA, Philippines – The relatives of 43 doctors and health workers detained by the military supposedly because of their links with the communist National People’s Army are filing a petition for habeas corpus before the Supreme Court on Monday, one of the relatives said.

    The 43 were arrested in a rest house in Morong, Rizal owned by a prominent Manila doctor while they were taking part in a health training seminar, according to seminar organizers. They were taken into custody by elements of the 2nd Infantry Division of the Philippine Army and the Philippine National Police.

    “We will file a case for them (the authorities) to produce and release our relatives, ” Roneo S. Clanor, husband of Dr Merry Clanor, one of those taken into custody, said on Friday at a press conference in Quezon City.

    Officers of the non-government organization Council for Health and Development and Community Medicine Development Foundation, the seminar organizers, denied the military allegations that the participants were making explosives.

    “CHD denies the claim of the military that the participants were undergoing bomb-making training. In truth, the participants were holding [training] to develop their capacities in providing health care services to the poorest of the poor,” CHD executive director Eleanor A. Jara said.

    The families of the health workers planned to Camp Capinpin in Tanay to press the military for the immediate release of their relatives.

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