The National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) told Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) spokesperson Celine Pialago that they would “do the same thing” if she would be in the same situation as detainee Reina Mae Nasino.
“We assure the good Asec (assistant secretary) that we will do the same thing if she was in Ina’s position and circumstance,” NUPL president Edre Olalia said, following the MMDA official’s post on Sunday.
“To start with, we will never ever wish this horrible tragedy and injustice to visit the Asec, her mother, her daughters, her sisters, and her aunts,” he added.
Pialago posted on Sunday, October 18, that not all jailed mothers could attend to their children’s burials. She added that people should find out more about who Nasino is and why she was arrested and detained.
“Kaya iyong mga sumisimpatiya kay Reina Mae Nasino, pag-aralan ‘nyo mabuti ang dahilan bakit siya nakulong at kilalanin ‘nyong mabuti kung sino siya sa lipunan,” the MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago said.
“Masyado ninyong ginagawang pang-drama serye sa hapon ang paghihinagpis niya. Tigilan ‘nyo!” she added to the now-deleted post.
NUPL to Pialago: ‘We will do the same thing’ if you’re in Nasino’s position
(To those sympathizing with Reina Mae Nasino, know first why she’s detained and understand who she is in society. You’re making her grief like an afternoon drama series. Stop it!)
Pialago said it was her personal opinion on the matter, but the post was published under the MMDA Spokesperson account.
Kapatid, a prisoners’ rights group, said that such remarks to downplay what happened to Nasino and baby River “are desperate attempts to cover” the violations by the Duterte administration.
“It is a real story that exposed the countless injustices committed by the government,” the group said.
“MMDA Chair Danny Lim, a former political prisoner himself, should have long shown the door to his spokesperson…. It should be obvious by now that sensitivity cannot be taught nor proper manners and right conduct if one is empty-headed,” Kapatid added.
Reina Mae, a 23-year-old activist, was arrested for alleged illegal possession of firearms and explosives.