Pia lauds decision on ‘Morong 43’ mom

SEN. Pia Cayetano yesterday lauded the decision of Morong Regional Trial Court granting the member of the detained “Morong 43” who recently gave birth to be with her new-born baby.

“I welcome the decision of the Morong Regional trial Court granting the appeal of Judilyn Oliveros, one of the detained ‘Morong 43’ health workers, to be released on recognizance to allow her to stay with her newborn son and breastfeed him at the Philippine General Hospital,” Cayetano said.

She particularly mentioned Justice Secretary Leila De Lima for her part in the recent development.

“Justice Secretary Leila De Lima should also be lauded for specifically instructing government prosecutors to drop any opposition to the appeal of Judilyn’s lawyer on humanitarian grounds,” said the lady senator, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Youth, Women and Family Relations.

Cayetano said De Lima’s instruction “became the basis of the RTC in reversing its earlier decision ordering Judilyn’s return to Camp Bagong Diwa immediately after she gave birth on July 22.

“Release on recognizance is within the court’s discretion, especially in humanitarian cases such as that of Judilyn, a nursing mother whose rights as a woman were violated when she was forced to care for her newborn inside a jail cell which obviously has inadequate facilities for maternal and neo-natal care,” she said.  D’Jay Lazaro

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