NAKIISA ang Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP) sa pamilya at mga tagasuporta ni Reina Nasino.
Ipinagkait anila ng mga pulis at militar sa pamilya Nasino ang pagbibigay pugay sa namayapang mahal sa buhay at paghahatid sa kanyang huling hantungan ay mahalagang tradisyon at ritwal sa alinmang lipunan.
“The last rites of accompanying a loved one to one’s final resting place are important cultural traditions and rituals in any society. Today, the police and military deprived Reina and Baby River’s mourners of these final moments and space for grieving, in how they acted,” pahayag ng CAP.
“No matter how much they try to deny or justify it, their actions — from the deployment to the funeral parlor of fully armed personnel, mobiles, and a firetruck as well as their rushed takeover of Baby River’s coffin during the funeral march — all reek of impunity, blind obedience to cruel orders, and abuse of power. A grieving mother and political detainee in full PPE, handcuffed, and escorted by many heavily armed personnel during a public funeral poses no threat or flight risk to ever merit this kind of treatment,” sabi ng CAP.
Matatandaan noong nakalipas na Agosto ay inagaw din ng mga pulis sa kanyang nagluluksang pamilya ang bangkay ng pinaslang na lider-magsasaka at peace advocate Randy Echanis habang nakaburol.
“We call for an end to such actions of state forces, fanned by top officials such as NCRPO Debold Sinas and DILG Secretary Eduardo Año, to harass activists and deprive all of our rights and freedom of expression.”