Rights group to file contempt vs jail warden over Andrea Rosal case

Posted at 06/19/14 3:56 PM

MANILA - Human rights groups will file contempt raps tomorrow against officials of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) for allegedly violating anew the rights of political detainee Andrea Rosal, who earlier lost her daughter after giving birth.

The Free Andrea Rosal Movement, Karapatan, and the National Union of People’s Lawyer wants BJMP warden and Senior Inspector Ellen Barrios, BJMP Senior Inspector Crisyrel Awe, and BJMP resident physician Jaime Claveria Jr. to be held accountable over the case of Rosal, the daughter of the late New People’s Army spokesman Roger Rosal.

The groups said Claveria saw no need for Rosal’s hospitalization despite an opposition from her attending physicians at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH).

They said they will also file a complaint at the Professional Regulatory Commission and the Philippine Medical Association against Claveria for alleged unethical actions.

Rosal was transferred to the female dorm at the Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig from the PGH on June 4 even if her lawyers were supposedly not informed of any such movement or court order.

Her companions were also allegedly prohibited from using their cellphones and were even held inside their room.

Rosal lost her baby on May 18 due to “persistent pulmonary hypertension.”

The groups said Awe, for her part, allegedly shoved the recovering Rosal to a wheelchair for her transfer to the BJMP female dorm.

They described this as “indeed an act of barbarism that would not pass any human ethical standard considering Andrea's post-partum surgery and infection.”