Baby River’s life celebrated during mass in Manila

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Surrounded by armed jail guards, detained Filipino activist Reina Mae Nasino mourns over the casket of her three-month-old baby River, who died while she was in prison, in Manila North Cemetery, Manila, Philippines, October 16, 2020. (Photo: REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez)
Surrounded by armed jail guards, detained Filipino activist Reina Mae Nasino mourns over the casket of her three-month-old baby River, who died while she was in prison, in Manila North Cemetery, Manila, Philippines, October 16, 2020. (Photo: REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez)

During a holy mass celebrated at the Niño de Baseco Parish in Manila on Sunday (September 11), a prayer was offered to the deceased Baby River Nasino, daughter of detained activist Reina Mae Nasino.

Baby River died on October 9, 2020, due to lung respiratory distress syndrome, just a few months after she was taken out of her mother's custody in Manila City Jail.

Isama natin sa ating intensyon si Baby River, ang batang namatay (Let us include in our intentions Baby River who died),” Fr. Jun Macabinlar, the church priest, said, as reported by ABS-CBN News.

The lawyers for Nasino, and two other activists arrested alongside her, have recently asked the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 20 to dismiss the illegal possession of firearms and explosives case against them, after the Court of Appeals (CA) nullified the search warrant used to arrest them.

“With the assailed search warrants already declared null and void, no valid legal process could have warranted the invasion of the searched premises, where the movants were arrested. Hence, any evidence allegedly seized therefrom can no longer be used for any purpose in any proceeding, including the instance cases,” their motion read.

“It would be the height of injustice for movants to continue being tried with evidence that, in law, has been considered fruits of the poisonous tree,” the motion read further.

Calls to release Nasino, Alma Moran, and Ram Carlo Bautista mounted recently, with Kapatid, the network of support group for friends and supporters of political prisoners, calling for their immediate release.

“We ask the courts to order their prompt release. Let Reina Mae now visit the grave of her baby daughter and mourn her in peace, which was so cruelly denied her during the wake and burial of River,” Fides Lim, Kapatid’s spokesperson, said.

Marvin Joseph Ang is a news and creative writer who follows developments on politics, democracy, and popular culture. He advocates for a free press and national democracy. Follow him on Twitter at @marvs30ang for latest news and updates. The views expressed are his own.

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