After 18 months in jail, Andrea Rosal, worthy daughter of a worthy father, is finally and rightfully free again.
Her freedom is due to the resolute legal battle and campaign, no thanks to this government which inhumanly refuses or ignores pleas for compassion and humanitarian cries.
She has proven that all charges against her were false, pernicious. This malicious persecution has lost her precious time, cost her a child, and brought deep anguish to her family.
Would she have been subject to all this had she been moneyed and influential? Would she have been arrested had she been someone else’s daughter? It is indeed cruel injustice to incarcerate her on mere filial affiliation.
This is proof still how slow and frustrating – like traffic in EDSA – the justice system can be.
Impunity for rights violations persists because patent trumped up charges ripen into court cases that takes eons to resolve and demands tedious, cumbersome legal disentanglement.
All those responsible for her misery must be made to account and restitute the irreparable damage to her and her dead baby daughter. Else, justice will come at the right time.
Atty. Maria Kristina Conti
NUPL Asst. SecGen for Campaigns
Atty. Edre U. Olalia
NUPL National Secretary General
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