Another political prisoner dies in prison

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By Reynard Magtoto

LEGAZPI CITY, 8May2016 (BicolToday.com) – Political prisoner Joseph Andaya, 70, died in Tinangis jail in Pili, Camsur, day before the elections.

Being busy as campaign manager of Liberal Party (LP),President Aquino forgets to answer calls from human rights group to release based on humanitarian grounds all ailing and elderly political prisoners before his term ends.

Andaya has heart disease and was stroked previously in 1996.According to human rights group Karapatan, he was slapped with a trumped-up murder charges in April 2015. Without paying attention to his case by the government, he died because of his bad health condition at 12:40 am today.

During the counter – insurgency operation in 2015 of AFP under Oplan Bayanihan, Andaya was abducted on April 24, 2015 by 4 men allegedly from PNP.

Relatives of Andaya were afraid and did not know who the men are and why they take him.Aside from the four men who took Andaya, residents observed other men waiting on the road with their motor vehicle ready to leave.

The relatives asked help from captain Iraola and Brgy. Councilor Marivic to find Andaya.

When they came to PNP – Ocampo, they found out that Andaya was arrested by police by virtue of a warrant of arrest issued by Judge Paulite of RTC Branch 30 in Murder Case C.C. T-4032,

He was allegedly among eight rebels  who killed a person named Dominador Rompe on March 15, 2013 in Kilantaao, Branch, Camarines Sur.

According to a relatives, Andaya was a youth organizer before he rested after he had stroke in 1996. It was not until about two weeks before the family visited him in Tinangis Penal Farm in Pili, Camarines Sur.

Karapatan will assist the family to get the remains of Andaya in the jail.[BicolToday.com]

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