After 18 months in jail, on September 7,2015 Andrea Rosal was released of her detention cell in Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City at around 8:30 p.m. Andrea is the daughter of the late spokesman of the Communist Party of the Philippines, Roger Rosal, and also known as Human Rights Defender in the area of land rights.
At 7 AM on March 27, 2014, Andrea Rosal had been detained by the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the NBI in Gatchalian’s house in Barangay 169 at Bagong Silang, Caloocan City, without any legally warranted detention order. She was in her 8th month of pregnancy. She was accused of kidnapping with murder and murder. Time showed that both charges were false, and that she was innocent, as she had always claimed.
However, she had to tolerate not only the inhumane conditions in jail –she was put in a 5×10 meter cell shared with 31 other inmates, only with a window to the building’s corridor with no sunlight–, but also the most dramatic and cruel of situations: the death of baby Diona.
On May 27 2014 Rosal had given birth to her first daughter after having been denied adequate medical attention from the moment she was arrested. On May 29 baby Diona died due to complications. She suffered from persistent pulmonary hypertension, neonatal pneumonia, and oxygen deficiency in her blood.
Beyond the persecution has lost her precious time, cost the life of her child, and brought deep anguish to her family, justice arrived and now she is free. Her case was dismissed by Judge Rodolfo Obnamia Jr., presiding judge of the Regional Trial Court Branch 64 of Mauban, Quezon. However, we do not forget that all those responsible for her misery must be made to account and restitute the irreparable damage to her and her dead baby daughter.