Solons demand release of political prisoners, including sick and elderly teachers

Following the death of an ailing detainee on the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) priority list for release, militant solons reiterate the demand for the government to release around 400 political prisoners, including 130 who are ailing and elderly, some of whom are teachers. ACT Teachers Party-List Representatives France Castro and Antonio Tinio scored government’s failure to release political prisoners since President Duterte dangled the possibility of a general amnesty in May.

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  • Solons slam Duterte’s threats to rights activists

    ACT Teachers Party-List Representatives Antonio Tinio and France Castro deplored President Duterte’s threat to human rights activists critical of extra judicial killings amid the government's anti-drug war, saying that he should address the criticisms they air rather than threaten to kill them and blame them for the proliferation of drugs.

  • On the death of Cuban revolutionary icon Castro

    The world might have lost the man, but the strong legacy that Fidel Castro left behind lives on for the Cuban and Filipino peoples, said ACT Teachers Party-List Rep. Antonio Tinio and Rep. France Castro.

    "We are deeply saddened with the loss of a great leader who, after winning a revolution against a dictator, created a government that works for the masses. His reforms brought education, health and other social services to the very doorsteps of the Cuban poor, something which we want to happen here," said Castro. "His idea of what government truly means is admirable."