[In the news] Bishops urge Aquino to release striking political prisoners- Inquirer.net

Bishops urge Aquino to release striking political prisoners
By Philip C. Tubeza
Philippine Daily Inquirer

The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Saturday urged President Benigno Aquino III to free political prisoners who have been on a hunger strike for the past three weeks in different prisons in the country.

In a statement, Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, head of the CBCP-National Secretariat for Social Action-Justice and Peace, urged Mr. Aquino to grant executive clemency to the prisoners, who were linked to the communist insurgency.

“We appeal to the President to grant executive clemency to political detainees who have already served long and completely unjust sentences. May he accede to the humanitarian character of this appeal and make progress toward the full respect for human rights in the Philippines,” Pabillo said.

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