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Andrea Rosal’s baby dies at PGH

By Florante S. Solmerin | May. 19, 2014 at 12:01am

The granddaughter of the late communist rebel spokesman “Ka Roger” Rosal died at 5 p.m. Sunday of hypoxemia or oxygen deficiency in the blood, said a human rights group.

Cristina Palabay, secretary general of Karapatan, said Andrea Rosal delivered Baby Diona Andrea under stressful conditions at around 8 a.m. Saturday.

On Friday, a Regional Trial Court in Taguig City allowed her to be confined at  Philippine General Hospital (PGH).

“She was admitted only the evening of May 16 and finally gave birth on the morning of May 17,” Palabay said.

The  Free Andrea Rosal Movement on Facebook said the premature infant was placed in an incubator with a ventilator due to “difficulty of breathing”.

Rosal was seven months pregnant when she was arrested last March 27 by agents  of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP) and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Caloocan City.

The army accused her of kidnapping with murder while serving as secretary general of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New people’s Army (CPP-NPA) in Southern Tagalog.

She was moved a week later to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology in Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City in a 5x10-meter cell to join 31 other female inmates, Palayab said.

“We find the BJMP, the Armed Forces of the Philippines and all government agencies responsible for the illegal arrest and detention of Andrea Rosal accountable for the death of Diona Andrea,” she said.

“Their blatant disregard of the rights of Andrea, including her right to receive immediate medical care and be in an environment conducive for conceiving and delivering a healthy child, are apparent in this case.”

Palayab said Rosal was scheduled for “pre-natal check-up when she was illegally arrested” without receiving “any medical attention from jail authorities during her detention in Camp Bagong Diwa. Her transfer to PGH this week, in accordance to a court order issued for her immediate hospitalization, was unreasonably delayed by authorities.”

Palayab said “Andrea was experiencing uterine contractions since the evening of May 15, but she was brought back and forth from Camp Bagong Diwa and the PGH because BJMP  said there was no available room for her.”

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