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Freedom for political prisoners sought

MANILA, Philippines (Tempo) – The Samahan ng Ex-detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA) has asked President Benigno S. Aquino III release all political prisoners, especially the elderly and sickly among them. “The Marcos military government imprisoned hundreds of political prisoners to muffle the people’s resistance against the dictatorial rule of Marcos.

The President’s mother, Corazon C. Aquino, sought to rectify this injustice by releasing all political prisoners immediately after People Power 1.

Noynoy should thus learn from this significant period in our history and immediately release all political prisoners, especially the elderly and sickly political prisoners, as well as those who were denied of expeditious resolutions of their cases, for just and humanitarian grounds.

Their continued detention violates and breaches basic human rights, similar to the rights violations under Martial Law,” said SELDA Secretary General Angie Ipong. (Marvyn N. Benaning)

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