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Anne and Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Karen Davila, Bianca Gonzalez, react to the controversial wake of activist Reina Mae Nasino’s baby River

Netizens showed their dismay over the injustice between the some government officials and a normal citizen like Reina.

Several artists from different TV networks grieved over the death of Baby River Nasino who died 3 months after birth while the child’s mother, human rights activist Reina Mae Nasino who is currently a detainee, was deprived of her privacy to mourn the death of her first child.

Reina was forced to wear personal protective equipment (PPE), have both her hands restrained by handcuffs, and was even escorted by 47 jail and police officers, the last despite the PNP claiming they had a lack of personnel.

Kapamilya artist Anne Curtis took to social media to express her dismay over the controversial issue and asked, “Was it really too much to ask to have compassion for a grieving mother?”

Anne’s sister Jasmine Curtis also expressed her sorrow about the untimely death of the child. She retweeted a post on Twitter about two photos comparing the death of late President Ferdinand Marcos and baby River.

“I don’t understand this,” she wrote on Twitter along with a sad face emoji.

In the two photos, it can be seen that the death of Marcos, who was responsible for Martial Law and thousands of deaths, was given a hero’s burial with military honors while Baby River who was innocent fell victim to the harsh justice system of the state.

News anchor Karen Davila also shared her reaction towards the issue pointing out that Reina Mae is simply an activist but the way that the government and police officials treat her is as if the bereaved mother was a convicted criminal.

“Hindi po siya convicted criminal. Hindi po siya drug trafficker. Aktibista lang po siya. Bakit ganito kalupit… sa kapwa Pilipino pa?! Absolutely heartbreaking,” Karen wrote.

Bianca Gonzalez expressed her sadness over the death of Baby River saying that the child deserved better.

“Baby River deserved better,” she wrote on Twitter.

It can be remembered that Reina Mae Nasino was deprived of her rights as a mother when her child was separated from her shortly after birth and was not even allow her to visit the baby in intensive care.

Netizens compared the harsh treatment of Reina to the special treatment given to some government officials such as Senator Bong Revilla when he was allowed to visit his ailing father and confined son numerous times.

Back when the senator was detained in Camp Crame over plunder and graft charges in connection with the pork barrel scam, he was still allowed to visit his father and son on separate occasions without the restraints of a handcuff, unlike Reina who can barely touch her baby’s casket because of her handcuffs.

Other netizens also compared the special treatment granted to Jinggoy Estrada who was detained in Camp Crame with similar charges to Revilla. Estrada was granted a medical leave, allowed to attend the high school graduation of his son Julian back in 2015, and was even allowed to attend his father’s 80th birthday celebration.

Netizens showed their dismay over the injustice between the said government officials and a normal citizen like Reina.

Director Antoinette Jadaone said mentioned that police officers abuse their powers to citizens saying, “Sa mga maliliit na tao lang sila matapang! Tapang-tapangan!”

Chel Diokno said that the government didn’t show Reina any humanity in implementing the law.

“Pano kung ikaw yon: nilayo sayo ang anak mong agaw-buhay, tapos ganto pa gagawin sa bangkay nya. Di man tayo nagkakasundo sa pulitika, pare-pareho tayong anak o magulang. Kalupitan ang ginawa nila kay Reina Mae at Baby River. Ang batas ay batas, pero ang batas, dapat makatao,” he said.

Other netizens offered their condolences to Reina and prayed that she will receive the justice that she deserves.


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