MANILA, Philippines—Rep. Luzviminda Ilagan of Gabriela has expressed her fears that women members of the Morong 43 will continue to suffer sexual harassments if their incarceration will be prolonged.
The lady solon from Davao assails the earlier statements issued by the Armed Forces of the Philippines, denying the sexual abuse against women health workers arrested in Morong, Rizal, almost two weeks ago.
“It is always extremely difficult for women victims of abuse to speak of their ordeal. More so for those who remain within the circumstances where they are vulnerable to abuse,” says Ilagan, who is now running as first nominee for Gabriela Women’s Party (GWP).
“The mere fact that the detainees were blindfolded and their private parts touched by soldiers meant there had been sexual abuse,” Ilagan said, who is also a professor from Ateneo de Davao.
The legislator also urges the immediate psychological counselling for the Morong 43 to maitain their psychological and emotional health since the torments they are going through is unimaginable, knowing the very nature of AFP that is allegedly known for abusing their female captives.
The GWP, says Ilagan, will launch the campaign “Free Our Sisters, Free Ourselves, Free the Morong 43” to enjoin concerned individuals and groups both local and international to pressure the government to immediately release the illegally arrested and detained health workers. (Noel Sales Barcelona)