MANILA, Philippines (AP) – Philippine left-wing groups on Friday criticized the treatment of a detained activist who was allowed by a Manila court to attend her baby’s burial but was forced to wear handcuffs and a sweltering protective suit and was heavily guarded by armed escorts as she quietly wept.
Critics have pointed to the treatment of Reina Mae Nasino and her 3-month-old daughter, River, as indicative of what they say is the “barbarity” of President Rodrigo Duterte and law enforcers toward perceived opponents.
Nasino, a 23-year-old human rights worker, and two other activists were arrested last year in the Manila office of a left-wing group. They were charged with illegal possession of firearms and explosives but their lawyers alleged that the weapons, including a grenade, had been placed by police in the office. Police have denied the allegation.
A Manila court granted Nasino three hours Wednesday to visit her baby’s wake, where she was prevented by her jail