It is utterly malicious and chauvinist for the Philippine National Police to keep Myrna Buendia— a woman in her sixties and suffering from various illnesses—in their custody and use her as a pawn just so they can concoct their bankrupt left-right conspiracy theory on the Manila Peninsula incident. Again, we bear witness to these cheap shots at red-baiting being woven by the PNP.”

This was the statement issued by Gabriela Women’s Party Representative Liza Largoza Maza today as she called for the immediate release of Myrna Buendia, the lone remaining female civilian detainee in Camp Crame charged with rebellion in relation to the Manila Peninsula crisis last November 29.

“We find no reason for the Philippine National Police to detain her further. There is no conclusive evidence to support allegations of rebellion as well as her involvement in the November 29 incident,” said Rep. Maza, expressing much alarm at PNP Chief Avelino Razon’s attempts to link Buendia to the Communist Party of the Philippines.

Buendia’s family who approached Rep. Maza’s office for assistance said is already 63 years old, and has diabetes and asthma. Buendia is also suffering from mild hearing loss, osteoarthritis in both knees, hypertension and cerebrovascular insufficiency. #

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