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STATEMENT OF Health Action for Human Rights ON THE DEATH OF POLITICAL PRISONER,
BERNABE OCASLA
 

November 29, 2016
 
Death of Political Prisoner, Bernabe Ocasla:
the First and Should be the Last Under the Duterte Administration
 
At 66 years old, and spending 9 of those years in prison, BERNABE M. OCASLA’s hope of being released under President Duterte’s administration will not be realized. Ocasla died yesterday (November 28, 2016) at the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center, he did not wake up from a three-day comatose after suffering a cerebrovascular hemorrhage (stroke) while in detention at the Manila City Jail.
 
Ocasla hailed from the Visayas Islands, was a peasant organizer, arrested in 2007 on trumped up charges. Although the slow justice system in the country would render anyone in his situation hopeless, he and many detainees found hope in President Duterte’s promise of releasing political prisoners and pursuing the Peace Talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). He complained of constant headaches, episodes of blurring of vision, and high blood pressure, was worried of irregular supply of medicines, but he beamed at the thought of all these ending soon, as their release is near.
 
The Duterte Administration was quick to start anew the Peace Talks with the NDFP, and while it gave statements of committing to previous agreements and vowed to end the talks in months, these pronouncements remain hollow. The promise of releasing political prisoners is yet to be fulfilled.
 
As most of the political prisoners should be released for being elderly and sick, President Duterte must realize that their suffering must end now. The death of Ocasla, though the first under his administration, should also be the LAST! It is already a grave injustice that one is being persecuted for defending the toiling masses, aiding in the prolonging of this injustice is as condemnable.
 
Justice for the death of Bernabe Ocasla!
Release all Political Prisoners!
 

Reference: Geneve R. Reyes, MD (09088624524)