“It is impossible to nurse an infant inside the prison; more so in their damp, cramped and poorly ventilated detention cell housing all 23 of the female detainees,” Caguiat said.
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.
Caguiat said that some religious groups have expressed their willingness to house and take care of Oliveros and her child.
“The continuous detention of the health workers or the Morong 43, is in itself already very tenuous, I don’t know how the courts can legally defend such a violation! And then this dispensation will further aggravate the situation by cruelly separating the baby from his source of nourishment, love and comfort, practically violating the baby’s basic rights,” Karapatan chairperson Marie Hilao-Enriquez said in a separate statement.
“Baby boy Oliveros is just over a week old and it is most cruel to have him separated from his mother; I completely know this as I delivered my firstborn myself when I was imprisoned during martial law. I and my fellow political prisoners did not allow my baby to be separated from me,” Enriquez said further.
“It is inhumane for the court to order a nursing mother to go back to prison with her newborn child. We could only imagine [Carina’s] turmoil as none could be more horrid for a mother than the thought of her child being put in peril,” said Joms Salvador, deputy secretary-general of Gabriela.
Gabriela said Carina’s case is a human rights issue as it is a reproductive health issue. “Her detention in camp together with her newborn son is violative of her rights as a woman and as a human being. It would also seriously imperil the safety and violate the rights of her child,” Salvador added.
Gabriela challenged President Benigno S. Aquino III to “stay true to his promise of justice by immediately intervening in the case of Carina and the rest of the Morong 43.”
“We shall not rest until Aquino sees the necessity of freeing the women and all political prisoners. It is only through restoring their rights as citizens of this country and as human beings could Aquino begin to claim that political repression is not his administration’s policy,” Salvador said. (Bulatlat.com)