CHR’s De Lima enters Camp Capinpin, but not kin of Morong 43

Philippine Human Rights Comm. Atty. Leila de Lima

MANILA, Philippines – Commission on Human Rights (CHR) chair Leila de Lima was finally allowed to enter Camp Capinpin in Tanay, Rizal to look into the condition of 43 health workers arrested by the police and military over the weekend.

However, Dr. Julie Caguiat of the Community Medicine Foundation, Inc., said in a text message that relatives of the health workers have still been refused permission to visit the detainees.

“Nakapasok na po si Chairman de Lima but not the relatives. Pinahihirapang (maka) pasok ang relatives (Chairman de Lima has already entered (the camp) but not the relatives. They are making it difficult for the relatives to enter),” read Caguiat said.

Earlier, De Lima slammed the Army’s 202nd Infantry Brigade for not allowing a CHR quick reaction team and the detainees’ lawyers and families into the camp, saying this was a violation of their rights.

Lieutenant Colonel Noel Detoyato, civil-military operations chief of the brigade, defended the refusal to allow entry, saying it was caused by concerns over a possible “jailbreak.”

Authorities claim the arrested health workers are members of the New People’s Army who were undergoing explosives training at a farm in Morong Rizal.

However, colleagues of the detainees say they were conducting a training for community health workers. (Dateline Philippines)