QUEZON CITY, Philippines -- The national alliance of indigenous peoples' organizations in the Philippines Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (Kamp) recently visited the office of the government Commission of Human Rights (CHR) and urged its commissioners to look into the case of a Dumagat held since June 11 in a Rizal prison cell.
Joan Jaime, Kamp national coordinator, in submitting pertinent documents on the case of one Eddie Cruz, 27, reminded the CHR that the political detainee has not seen any private doctor.
Besides military doctors, no other medical practitioner has seen the Dumagat peasant, according to Jaime.
Kamp raised concern over Cruz'es health after a group of supporters saw him very pale and skinny during his scheduled arraignment on August 18 at the San Mateo Municipal Trial court, where he was to be arraigned for charges of illegal possession of firearms lodged by his military captors.
His mother, Ligaya, age unknown, said he was looking better since he was at the civilian prison cell in Rodriguez town than when he was at the military detention in Baras, both in Rizal province.
Cruz and two others were allegedly hog tied on June 11 by 18 soldiers belonging to the 16th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army. After several hours of interrogation in the mountains, they were brought back to the house where they were taken and the soldiers released his two other companions.
Since then, Cruz has not returned home.
Kamp is presently launching a support campaign for Cruz and appeals for his immediate release. #V. Ramo