Detainee’s Father Pleads for Medical Tests for Son
ILOILO CITY—The father of an alleged communist rebel leader detained in Calbayog City, Samar has asked the government to allow his son to seek medical treatment for a kidney ailment.
In an open letter to concerned government agencies, the 79-year-old father of Ericson Acosta also appealed for the speedy resolution of his son’s case.
“I write this letter of appeal to the jail warden, to the Department of Justice, to (Justice) Secretary Leila de Lima, and to all other concerned branches of government,” said Isaias Acosta, the detainee’s father.
“I am an old man with no shortage of illnesses as expected of anyone my age, but I would gladly forfeit any trip to the doctor if it could only be traded for much-needed medical treatment for my son,” said the letter.
Ericson, 37, a former editor of the Philippine Collegian, has been detained at a jail in Calbayog City since Feb. 16, 2011, three days after he was arrested by soldiers in Barangay Bay-ang in San Jorge town, Samar.
He is facing a charge of illegal possession of explosive at the Regional Trial Court Branch 41 in Gandara town, Samar.
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