SPEAKER and Citizens Battle Against Corruption (CIBAC) party-list Rep. Eduardo “Bro. Eddie” Villanueva on Tuesday welcomed the grant of the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) of three-day furlough to activist Reina Mae Nasino to attend the wake and burial of her baby River Nasino.
“This Representation applauds the decision of the court to temporarily release Reina Mae Nasino so she can grieve and bid farewell to her beloved 3-month-old baby who died last week. It is an utter display of humanity and compassion through which we fulfill the very spirit, soul and substance of the Preamble of the Constitution of the Philippines,” said Villanueva, founder of Jesus Is Lord Church Worldwide (JIL Church) and House Deputy Speaker for Good Governance and Moral Uprightness.
Manila RTC Branch 37 granted today mother Nasino’s motion for furlough by which she will be given 3-day release from October 13-15 to attend the burial and wake baby River.
Nasino is a 23-year-old community organizer of a progressive organization who was arrested as a result of the implementation of a string of search warrants issued by the Quezon City Executive Judge.
She is now facing charges of illegal possession of firearms and explosives. She has claimed that the evidence against her was planted.
Her baby, River Emmanuelle was born last July 1 but was separated from her mother last August on Order of the court. River succumbed to a bacterial infection in her lungs last October 9.
“Reina Mae Nasino maybe deprived of liberty for allegedly violating our laws but she must not be stripped of dignity and the right to be with her child for the last time especially right now during a global pandemic when compassion and empathy must be fully observed not only by law enforcement agencies but of everyone,” the CIBAC lawmaker ended.