Treatment toward political prisoner during baby's wake, burial an 'overkill' — Robredo

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 18) — The treatment of authorities and jail personnel toward detained activist Reina Mae Nasino up until the funeral of her daughter Baby River was an "overkill" response against a mother who was simply grieving, Vice President Leni Robredo said on Sunday.

"Sa akin, parang masyadong overkill. Nakita natin yung mga litrato, footages, hindi natin alam bakit ganoon ka-grabe ‘yung response. Iyong nanay, nag-iisa, gustong makita iyong anak niyang namatay," Robredo said in her radio show.

[Translation: To me, it was an overkill. We saw the photos, we saw the footages, and we cannot understand the extreme response. The mother was isolated, and she only wanted to see her departed daughter.]

"Parang nawawala na ‘yung humanity sa atin (It seems that we are losing our humanity)," she added.

Robredo also cited the stark contrast between Nasino's struggles and the treatment toward other convicted personalities who were given privileges despite the gravity of their crimes.

Over the past days, numerous calls to free Nasino were renewed following a series of reports on how she was treated by the Bureau of Jail and Management Penology and the Philippine National Police as she mourned for her dead child.

The National Union of People's Lawyers previously said that they were looking into the possibility of taking legal action against the way authorities acted during Nasino' visit to her child's wake and funeral.

Reports, footages and photos have surfaced over social media, showing the 23-year-old mother, handcuffed and wrapped in a protective gear for most of her visit. Some incidents had led to commotions, like when officers tried to whisk away Nasino in the middle of her interview at the wake.

The Interior Department earlier defended the actions of the security efforts, saying they acted with restraint and professionalism despite being "abused by leftist groups aligned with Nasino."