MARK DALAN MERUEÑAS, GMANews.TV
03/31/2010 | 04:28 PM
A group of US-based Filipino nurses has written US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to express concern over the continued detention of the 43 health workers suspected of being New People's Army insurgents.
The National Nurses United (NNU), a 150,000-strong organization of registered Filipino-American nurses in the US, is the latest addition to a growing list of international groups calling for the "immediate and conditional" release of the so-called Morong 43.
"We stand in solidarity with the international community in condemning this act of arbitrariness and callousness on the part of the Philippine military and the government," the group — through its co-presidents Deborah Burger, Karren Higgins, and Jean Ross — told Clinton in the letter.
The health workers were arrested by military and police operatives during an alleged bomb-making training in a rest house in Morong, Rizal last February 6.
Barely two months later, the Morong 43 continues to be detained at Camp Capinpin in Tanay, Rizal. The military has already claimed that five of the health workers reportedly admitted being communist rebels and vowed to return to the "fold of law."
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