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Promotion of Morong 43 jailer enrages victims, rights groups

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Promotion of Morong 43 jailer enrages victims, rights groups

By RONALYN V. OLEA
Bulatlat.com
MANILA – The recent promotion of Major General Jorge Segovia, former commander of the 2nd Infantry Division of the Philippine Army that carried out the illegal arrest of 43 health workers in February 2010, has outraged human rights groups.

The 43 health workers, popularly known as Morong 43, were arrested in Morong, Rizal and slapped with charges of illegal possession of firearms and explosives two years ago. They were tortured especially during the first months of their imprisonment at Camp Capinpin. They were jailed for nearly a year.

Segovia, commander of the 10th ID, is set to replace Lieutenant General Arthur Tabaquero as Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) chief. The new post promotes him into the next higher rank of lieutenant general.

“His promotion is an insult to the victims of human rights violations,” Gary Liberal, a nurse and one of the so-called Morong 43, told Bulatlat.com in phone interview.

Liberal is one of the six of the Morong 43 who filed damage suit against Segovia, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and several other officers of the military and police for violation of human rights..... MORE

SourceBulatlat.com

URL: http://bulatlat.com/main/2012/04/14/promotion-of-morong-43-jailer-enrages-victims-rights-groups/

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