Duterte: no point in detaining old, sick people

President Rodrigo Duterte announced he will allow the discharge of the old and sick political prisoners before Christmas on December 5.

“There’s really no point in detaining a person who is old and sick,” said Duterte in his speech during the Christmas tree lighting at the Malacañang.

Duterte stressed further that he is uncomfortable knowing that there are old and sick inside the prison.

However, the President couldn’t assure that he will release more than a hundred of political prisoners as requested by the left.

The president further narrated the conversation between him and the left saying that he is sorry since he already conceded so much on the government’s side.

“But you’re going back tomorrow and if you can show me a document signed by the Republic of the Philippines representatives and communists, then I will release the 130 plus more because by asking that…how many are there still beyond 70 years old and those suffering from incurable diseases at this time, who has cancer or kidney (problem) or anything? And if they are ready to be released and will be accepted by the families, i-release ko na (I will release them) before Christmas time,” he added.

Meanwhile, Presidential Adviser on the peace process Jesus Dureza said that the government is working hard for the release of the political prisoners.

“It is only in the government of Duterte administration that these releases are all happening,” he exclaimed.

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Some of them who will be released are Dario Tomada, 56 years old and a former leader of peasant group SAGUPA and Oscar Belleza, 59 years old who is the former vice-chairman of KMP-Leyte.

[Source: Philstar]