It was a birthday “present” like no other for formerPhilippine president Gloria Arroyo, who lost her immunity from suit when she stepped down on June 30 last year.
Six members of the ‘Morong 43’ Monday (April 4) lodged a 15-million-peso (US$345,542) civil suit against Arroyo, now a Pampanga province representative, and 10 others for illegal arrest and torture.
Morong 43 is the collective name of a group of 43 health workers arrested and detained illegally by Philippine military during Arroyo’s administration on suspicion that they were supporters of the New Peoples Army rebels.
The case was filed by Dr. Merry Mia Clamor, Dr. Alexis Montes, nurse Gary Liberal, Ma. Teresa Quinawayan, Reynaldo Macabenta and Mercy Castro, who were among the group of health workers detained last year in Morong, Rizal province, on suspicion of being communist rebels.
“We want GMA (Arroyo’s initials) to know that she can’t get away with what she did,” said Edre Olalia of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL), who accompanied the plaintiffs in filing the suit in the Quezon City Regional Trial Court.
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