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Statement of TFUC-AMRSP on Morong 43


Following is the Statement issued by the Task Force on Urban Conscientization of the Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines (TFUC-AMRSP) on the Illegal arrest and torture of 43 Health Workers.


“Listen, you heads of Jacob and rulers of the house of Israel!  Should you not know justice?  You who hate the good and love the evil, who tear the skin off my people, and the flesh off their bones. .”- Micah




Fr. Charly Ricafort, OSC



Fr. Tito Maratas, MSC

Vice Chairperson


Sr. Victoria Chrisiley Lao, CMSSTCJ



Sr. Maureen Catabian, RGS

Assistant  Secretary


Fr. Angelito Salazar, OFM



Sr. Fely Solatorio, MSM





Sr. Ester Maria Alunan, OSA


Sr. Odilia Bulayungan, OSB


Fr. Eugene Cañete, MJ


Fr. Rico Ponce, O.Carm




Bro. EdmundoFernandez, FC


Sr. Ma. Theresa Mueda, DC


The Task Force for Urban Conscientization (TFUC)- a mission partner of AMRSP deplores the illegal arrest, detention and torture of 43 health workers last February 6, 2010 in Morong, Rizal by elements of the AFP and PNP led by Colonel Aurelio Baladad and PSupt. Marion Balonglong.

We strongly object to the degrading and inhuman treatment especially of the women including a pregnant mother –who for 3 days were forcibly interrogated, subjected to mental torture and purposely deprived of any sleep since the time they were illegally and unconstitutionally arrested and detained at Camp Capinpin in Tanay Rizal.

According to a Statement by Health Alliance for Democracy, “Dr. Alex Montes, who is 62 years old was electrocuted and repeatedly hit on the chest while being questioned.  The pain was so much that after several hours, he was willing to admit to anything if only to end the brutal punishment he was receiving.”

The Philippines has adopted  the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).  Article 5 of UDHR states that “no one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”

The Philippines is signatory to the Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or degrading Treatment or Punishment (1984) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).  The Philippine Constitution also protects persons against the use of torture or cruel or inhuman treatment or punishment.

The inhuman acts and cruelty of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police are desperate efforts to activate the Counter Insurgency Program (Oplan Bantay Laya 2) of the Arroyo government which has been recommended for review by the UN Special Rapporteur , Mr. Philip Alston since 2008.

Such abominable acts committed to its  Filipino citizens are clear manifestation of the government’s failure to respect  basic human rights  and breakdown of processes accorded to its civilian citizens.

We demand the AFP, PNP and the Arroyo government to abide by its commitment to uphold Human Rights  articulated in the UDHR and other Human Rights instruments.

FREE the 43 Healthworkers  illegally detained in Camp Capinpin!

STOP the Torture and Inhuman Treatment of the Detainees!

NO to Impunity and Tyranny of the GMA government!



Sr. Maureen Catabian, RGS

TFUC Assistant Secretary

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Quezon City, Philippines
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