Kapatid, a network of support group for families and friends of political prisoners, are echoing the call for the release of famed writer and Martial Law survivor Adora Faye de Vera on grounds of “humanitarian release,” and for her safe return to Manila for urgent medical treatment.
Adora, who is Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) Chairperson Prospero “Popoy” J. de Vera III’s sibling, was arrested on Wednesday (August 24) in Teacher’s Village in Quezon City for charges of “multiple murder and multiple frustrated murder with the use of explosives, particularly anti-personnel landmines that are outlawed by international conventions on warfare.”
She was then immediately flown to an Iloilo jail where she’s currently being held up until now.
“My mother is 66 now and very sick that’s why she was in Manila to seek medical care. We appeal to government authorities to immediately bring her back to Manila to ensure her safety while she undergoes medical treatment for chronic asthma and complications,” Ron de Vera, Adora’s son and a former program coordinator of Amnesty International Philippines, said.
The mother and son, according to historical accounts, did not meet until Ron was around four years old, because Adora was arrested during the martial law years, as recalled in Adora’s famous poem, Hinahanap-hanap ka.
Her first husband and Ron’s father, Manuel Manaog, who was a community organizer, was abducted in 1990 and remains missing.
“Iloilo is not a safe place for Mama and it’s very far away from us. She has been through so much suffering. We appeal to government authorities to give her a chance to live a peaceful life and receive the proper medical care she needs,” Ron said.
“Please release her on humanitarian grounds and allow us to take care of her,” the younger de Vera added.
Kapatid’s spokesperson, Fides Lim, suggested that Adora could be put under the legal custody of Popoy, even though he distanced himself to her at the time of her arrest.
“Who better guarantor than a brother who has red-tagged his sister to prove in his own words that he neither ‘shares her views nor supports her actions’ and ‘fully supports the government in its efforts to end the communist insurgency,’” Lim said.
“Fealty and the value of history apparently end for him where loyalty to Marcos is more important. But the chair of higher education should be reminded that a cardinal principle of the system of justice is the presumption of innocence,” Kapatid’s spokesperson added.
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 the latest news and updates.
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