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Philippine rights group demands release of ailing prisoner

Marcos Aggalao, 74, held on trumped up murder charges, Karapatan says

Philippine rights group demands release of ailing prisoner

Marcos Aggalao gets help from other prisoners inside a detention facility in the northern Philippines. (Photo courtesy of the Cordillera Human Rights Alliance)

 

August 8, 2017

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A human rights group in the Philippines has called for the immediate release of a 74-year-old man held in detention for almost a year on murder charges.

The charges against Marcos Aggalao were "trumped-up," rights group Karapatan said.

Aggalalo was arrested in September 2016 in the northern Philippine province of Kalinga. 

At the time of his arrest, he was already suffering from pneumonia, dementia, and hypertension, reported Karapatan.

In the first week of July, Aggalao suffered a stroke that has paralyzed half of his body. 

"His condition is deteriorating and he should be released based on just and humanitarian considerations," said Cristina Palabay, Karapatan’s secretary-general said.

Palabay said jail conditions have been a major factor in the deterioration of the health of political prisoners. 

In November last year, Bernabe Ocalsa died after a heart attack blamed on harsh jail conditions.

 

 


 

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