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Activist allowed to attend baby daughter’s wake, burial

THE Manila regional trial court yesterday granted the request for a continuous furlough sought by political prisoner Reina Mae Nasino to attend the wake and burial of her three-month-old daughter.

In an order, Branch 47 Judge Paulino Gallegos gave Nasino three days starting Wednesday “so she could stay at her child’s wake until the burial on Friday, October 16.”

The order will be served by the sheriff to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).

On Monday, the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) along with the family of Nasino asked anew the Manila RTC for a furlough to see her dead daughter one last time.

In a very urgent manifestation and motion, the NUPL asked Branch 47 to allow Nasino attend her daughter’s wake and burial, who died last Friday.

“She implores, nay, pleads and begs, this Honorable Court to immediately give her the decent and humane chance to be with her baby daughter, whom she was not able to comfort and hold while in sickbed up to her dying hours, for the last time, and to properly grieve over her tragic and untimely passing,” the motion read.

“She prays for true compassion and mercy that any inconsolable mother in deep sorrow needs,” it added.

Last Friday, the jailed activist’s camp sought the Manila RTC’s permission to allow her to personally visit her dying daughter River.

However, the child died several hours later due to Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome.

Last August, the Manila RTC ordered that Nasino and her baby, who was then one-month-old, separated.

The child was turned over to Nasino’s mother. The activist is facing a case for illegal possession of firearms and explosives.

With Hector Lawas

Publication Source :    People's Tonight