By CPP Information Bureau
The CPP today issued the following statement:
The leadership and entire membership of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) condole with political prisoner Andrea Rosal and her entire family for the untimely death of her 2-day old daughter, Diona, after suffering from hypoxemia, or lack of oxygen in the blood.
The death of Baby Diona cannot but be related to the inhuman conditions suffered by Andrea in her detention cell and the denial of prenatal medical care.
For nearly two months before her delivery, Andrea Rosal was kept in a detention cell which she shared with 30 other detainees. Since being detained at Camp Bagong Diwa, she has not received the necessary medical care for pregnant women. She was denied access to an electric fan amid record high temperatures. She was made to lie on the concrete floor.
Despite the court order, Andrea was only brought to the hospital two days after she began having uterine contractions. The day after she delivered her baby, police, military and jail officials ordered Andrea to be immediately brought back to detention, in outright disregard of the fact that she had yet to fully recover from childbirth and from the trauma resulting from the death of her infant daughter.
The CPP joins Andrea, her family, friends and supporters, her lawyers, doctors and human rights advocates, in denouncing the Aquino regime for the inhumane conditions of Andrea’s detention and denial of medical care. The Filipino people are one in holding the Aquino regime, especially its police and military officials, responsible for the death of Baby Diona.
The CPP joins the growing clamor for the immediate release from detention of Andrea Rosal. It condemns the trumped-up charges of kidnapping filed against her in a vain effort to justify her arrest and continued detention. As Andrea has pointed out, she is being falsely charged of being a top official of the New People’s Army (NPA) by military officials to overblow their “achievement” in having arrested her.