Spare young mother and her baby from detention

Press Release

Judilyn Carina Oliveros, one of the Morong 43 gave birth last July 22 at 12nn to a baby boy. However, her return to detention remains a great ordeal to the young mother.

“Our plea stands that Oliveros stays out of detention for a much longer time due to her condition and that of her baby, said Dr. Julie Caguiat, spokesperson of the FREE THE 43 HEALTH WORKERS ALLIANCE.

In the decision penned by Morong Regional Trial Court Branch 78 Judge Gina Cenat Escoto approved Oliveros to give birth at the Philippine General Hospital due to the availability of better and adequate medical facilities and was given three days to a week’s time before going back to Camp Bagong Diwa.

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“There are particular medical needs which should be given to Oliveros, needless to say that Camp Bagong Diwa does not have facilities to deal with post natal care. We hope that the authorities exercise prudence in giving Oliveros more time” Caguiat said.

Oliveros still needed to stay out of prison to fully recover from her elective caesarian delivery and breastfeed her baby which is necessary as part of the child’s developmental stage. Also, Dr. Caguiat said it is impossible to nurse an infant inside the prison; more so in their damp, cramped and poor ventilated detention cell housing all 23 of the female detainees.

Both the gynecologist and pediatrician looking after Oliveros and her baby also have recommended it is best to suspend jail time for Oliveros due to her condition and for her baby’s health and welfare.

Meanwhile, Dr. Caguiat said that some religious groups have expressed their willingness to house and take care of Oliveros and her child.

The recommended full recovery of a mother coming from a caesarian delivery is 65 days, while exclusive breastfeeding for a child is necessary for the first six months and mixed breastfeeding up to 2 years.

The FREE THE 43 HEALTH WORKERS ALLIANCE urge authorities to have Oliveros released under humanitarian reasons while it also calls for the unconditional release of the rest of the illegally detained Morong 43. (

REFERENCE: Dr. Julie Caguiat

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