MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DoJ) has ordered the reconvening of a committee that will review the status, and the eventual release, of political prisoners in the country.
Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) said Justice Secretary Leila de Lima on Friday ordered the reconvening of the Presidential Committee on Bail, Recognizance and Pardon (PCBREP) to study the case of political prisoners.
The group said there are 306 political prisoners as of August in different jails nationwide.
“We welcome DOJ’s decision to reconstitute PCBREP as a concrete mechanism to act on the releases of political prisoners in the country. It was one of the concrete actions from the government to look into the plight of the political prisoners which the hunger strikers have been calling for,” said TFDP Executive Director Emmanuel Amistad in a statement.
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