[In the news] Detained activist says she was deprived of sleep, food for up to 30 hours -INQUIRER.net

Youth activist and human rights worker Alexandrea Pacalda denied confessing to be a New People’s Army member and surrendering to the military, refuting an earlier statement made by the Army.

“I really did not surrender,” Pacalda said in a short video message sent to Inquirer by her lawyer, Maria Sol Taule. “It’s only the Armed Forces of the Philippines that is saying I surrendered. Those from the Armed Forces are the ones saying I’m an NPA who surrendered.”

“Everything I signed in the affidavit of voluntary surrender was against my will because I was not in the right state of mind because of what they did to me since Sept. 14 when I was arrested,” she said.

Taule also sent a photo of a handwritten statement which the lawyer claimed was that of Pacalda.

The statement said the writer was forced and did not volunteer to sign in surrender.

Pacalda said she was made to sign thrice an affidavit of voluntary surrender while she was not in the right state of mind. “I was deprived of sleep and food for 24 to 30 hours,” she said.

Read more: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1166959/detained-activist-says-she-was-deprived-of-sleep-food-for-up-to-30-hours#ixzz6025dz6ph
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