The Nationwide Police disclosed it already transported Dr. Ma. Natividad Marian Castro to Bayugan Metropolis, Agusan del Sur, a day after police barged into her house in San Juan Metropolis
“After correct documentation and reserving process upon her arrest in San Juan Metropolis on Friday morning, she was instantly flown to Bayugan Metropolis, Agusan del Sur the place she is presently detained,” Police Brigadier Normal Roderick Alba, the police public info workplace chief, mentioned in a press release.
Alba mentioned it already knowledgeable the native workplace of the Fee on Human Rights of her present standing. He mentioned Castro was additionally supplied with a hygiene package, garments and toiletries upon her request.
Media studies quoting police sources mentioned Castro was a member of the Communist Celebration of the Philippines’ central committee and head of its nationwide well being bureau primarily based in Barangay Libertad in Butuan Metropolis.
“The idea of the arrest of Dr. Castro is a reputable judicially issued courtroom warrant primarily based on legal prices in opposition to her,” mentioned Undersecretary and NTF ELCAC Spokesperson for Sectoral Issues Lorraine Marie Badoy in a press release posted on social media.
Caraga police mentioned Castro was allegedly concerned within the kidnapping of a member of the Civilian Armed Drive Geographical Unit (Cafgu) Lively Auxiliary in Sibagat, Agusan del Sur on December 29, 2018.
The Fee on Human Rights has mentioned Castro was “red-tagged” for her work within the communities, together with so far as Mindanao, for serving as secretary-general of the human rights group Karapatan within the Caraga Area, and her involvement in bringing members of the Lumad, or tribal, neighborhood in Mindanao to carry their concern earlier than the United Nations workplace in Geneva, Switzerland.
On Friday, the physician’s elder brother, Jun, posted on his Fb account a name for assist after the San Juan police “forcibly entered” the physician’s residence in San Juan and arrested her at about 9:30 am.
He mentioned his sister was accused of “a number of prices of kidnapping and unlawful detention, all associated to her human rights advocacy,” he mentioned, and insisted these have been “all unfaithful”.
“She is a well being employee who has arrange neighborhood well being facilities and applications in Mindanao. She is Class ‘82 Grade faculty valedictorian at Holy Spirit Mendiola, Class ‘86 Highschool Valedictorian of St. Scholastica in Manila, and was awarded one of many 100 most excellent graduates of St. Scholastica within the final century (along with Pres. Corazon Aquino) throughout their Centennial Awards in 2006. She was cum laude in BS Zoology, and graduated from UP PGH Faculty of Medication in 1995. As a well being employee, she has served each wealthy and poor in varied areas in Mindanao”.
“A few years in the past, Dr. Naty introduced a Lumad (Philippine Indigenous Individuals) who have been victims of militarization to UN Geneva. She spoke there, in Geneva, to hunt assist for the Lumad folks.
The Karapatan additionally posted an Pressing Alert on its social media account saying the Dr. Castro “was arrested by parts of the Philippine Nationwide Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines allegedly primarily based on an arrest warrant on trumped up prices of kidnapping and severe unlawful detention in Caraga”.
Castro’s batch mates has known as on authorities to dismiss the costs. “These prices filed in opposition to her have been all associated to her work as a physician and as a human rights and growth employee,” the UP Faculty of Medication Class of 1995 mentioned in a press release.
“The UP Faculty of Medication Class of 1995 name for the fast finish to the harassment and intimidation techniques which are getting used in opposition to Dr. Naty Castro and her household. We name for the fast dismissal of the costs in opposition to Dr. Naty Castro and her fast launch from police custody.”
They mentioned Castro is “not an odd physician.”
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