Thursday, 2 August 2012

Should pain be mandatorily endure at all times?

Should pain be mandatorily endure at all times?

It was yesterday when this writer read a letter from a concerned person in regards to a detainee's health while living in a prison cell for months.

At first, It is all but nonsense with sheer apathy  to think about a concerned person seeking help from a state about a status of a prisoner having a serious illness and in need of medical support, but, as noticed, the sentiment of a concerned person tries its best to call for help over the latter despite being accused and imprisoned.
 And come to think of it, are prisoners ought to be less taken seriously in regards to their health other than facing psychological and physical pain? Or in other words be doomed to die for their actions taken that is inimical to the policies of the state?

...especially that person concerning through that letter is the father of his falsely-accused son, still detained in a gaol in Catbalogan, Samar.

Seeking help, yet seeing hypocrites around

As according  to Ericson Acosta's father, Isaias, said:

"My recent medical setback ironically and agonizingly emphasizes the reason behind our intended urgent visit. Lately, Ericson had been complaining of a nagging pain in his abdomen and lower back. The pain, he says, intensifies whenever he urinates. Now he has also noticed spots of blood in his urine. My cousin, Ericson’s uncle, displayed similar symptoms before he succumbed to prostate cancer."

To think that the letter was made during Arroyo's release from hospital arrest, Isaias Acosta simply think how hypocritical the system in regards to detainees with serious medical complications such as in the state of his son other than being accused as an armed rebel with a planted evidence such as a grenade in his bag made by those "ignorant" of technology such as equating a person carrying a Laptop yet wearing loose clothing for a rebel carrying arms.

Perhaps, this writer felt that how come a person conducting research and wearing clothes comfortable to him be equated to an armed rebel? Just because he's an activist so to speak? Of writing poetries that speaks inimical to the system? It all reminds of a number of political prisoners, not just in the Philippines but all over the world enduring physical pain or claiming innocence; worse, be end insane with all the actions a paranoid state be unleashed to.

"Laptops meant rebels, worse, be planted to justify"

In a background, Acosta was arrested and directly tagged as a high ranking rebel. As accoring to the site:

"With threats, soldiers instructed Acosta’s companions from the barrio to carry on, as they were only interested with the “Tagalog” whom they suspected of being a high-ranking NPA rebel. Acosta was conducting human rights research in the militarized barrio for Kapunungan han Gudti nga Parag-uma ha Weste han Samar (KAPAWA – Small Peasants Association of Western Samar) and the Alliance of Concerned Samarenos (ACOS)."

His arrest includes a sleepless interrogation, torture, even denial to talk to his loved ones nor having a lawyer. Such actions taken showed a justified paranoia with national security as its pretext, and be end up with fabricated cases made in order to speed up justifications making Acosta liable for something far from realities such as he a grenade carrying rebel.

Quite strange and ridiculous over this matter, that people like Acosta opposing the system through poetry; that one of his poems had been played in the radio about "Carabaos in Cubao" as well as writeups that made himself a part of the writing scene.  But come to think that with a laptop full of research works be described as subversive, followed by a planted evidence such as a grenade, perhaps people would say that is research on human rights, agriculture or any other matter different from the official ones handed by the state be deemed as subversive? That Acosta be deemed because of his appearance such as long hair and speaking a different dialect?

This writeup, on the writer's view would say that the system tends to similarize those who took peaceful means of struggle to those who took weapons. In a way those who are with Ghandi be equated diretly with Bose's just because they are both Indian nationalists, or even those who took part in peaceful protests in Washington during the Vietnam War with the Weather Underground or the German SDS with the Baader-Meinhof group; Acosta's use of the pen, or rather say the laptop computer in uncovering social realities like the Peasant issue really tends to create a counter view of those stated in reports given by the state and its agencies, yet coming to think that the growing militarization in the countryside creates hindrance such as equating the "anti-government" with "subversives", affects Acosta and his research work, with his captors be reinterpret as subversive documents and terroristic stuff.
That, others perhaps would say Philippine Democracy is more of a museumified piece people tend to see, while inside is a silent state of militarization especially in the countryside.

Of Medical misattentions and a "choosy" justice

And since he, still in prison feeling the pain and needs a serious medical assistance as an individual, it seemed too hypocritical on behalf of the state to see that since Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo been detained in a hospital, with nurses and doctors paid by the government, of people justifying her ospital arrest as "she was once head of state" or anything just to justify, how come a really sickly person like Ericson Acosta should endure the pain, of blood in his urine and at the same time be accused as a rebel with a planted evidence such as a grenade in his bag?

Such issue involving activist-researchers nowadays encounter these such as the state of Acosta and perhaps Jonas Burgos that remained "disappeared" due to his work such as agriculture with others described thoroughly as activism and worse, subversion. But, being detainees, and most have criticial illnesses due to prolonged unsanitary conditions, the state perhaps cared too little thinking that they are mere criminals yet comparing to Arroyo's detainment in a hospital complete with nurses and stuff, with a wheelchair and a neck brace people tend to ridicule further as a way to escape popular persecution due to her crimes given,
of course her "hospital arrest" meant "privilege" for a head of state those who are loyal tend to think of alongside defending Arroyo as a stateswoman doing her job, but still comparing to the two really shows the "choosy" attitude of the state in treating its detainees.

 Worse, interpreting how the state of Philippine justice really caters to those who afford in it, in a way that according to the Internationale, "no rights without obligations, and no obligations without rights." sorry to say so, but come to think of it, how come a once head of state assailed by people due to electoral fraud, of deals inimical to the people be freed or least detained in a confortable hospital while another one, accused of being a rebel yet carrying a laptop, or a pen and paper doing research work be detained and enduring renal pain with a blood in his urine?

What kind of respect the state said so according to 8th Infantry Division's Mario Chan's statement if Acosta felt the pain and other serious conditions while in detainment?

Is pain should be mandatorily endure at all times?

Perhaps it is up to the reader whether to think critical or remain apathetic. This writer didn't made entirely to show sympathy as others possibly think of this but to think about detainees, both political or not, as well as their health, lives, and how a system be choosy which to be prioritize in regards to their prisoners.