MANILA - The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) has released a statement holding President Aquino accountable for the death of the granddaughter of the late New People's Army's spokesman Gregorio "Ka Roger" Rosal.
Malacanang, meanwhile, extends its condolences over the death of the baby, but assured government is ready for any retaliation.
In a statement, the CPP said, “The leadership and entire membership of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) condole with political prisoner Andrea Rosal and her entire family for the untimely death of her 2-day old daughter, Diona, after suffering from hypoxemia, or lack of oxygen in the blood."
"The death of Baby Diona cannot but be related to the inhuman conditions suffered by Andrea in her detention cell and the denial of prenatal medical care. The Filipino people are one in holding the Aquino regime, especially its police and military officials, responsible for the death of Baby Diona,” the communist group added.
Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma on Tuesday said the government is awaiting the report on the death of the baby.
"Nakikiramay kami sa pamilya Rosal at inaantabayanan namin ang pagtanggap ng komprehensibong ulat ng Bureau of Jail Management and Penology hinggil sa conditions ng detention ni Andrea Rosal at ng Philippine General Hospital hinggil sa pagpanaw ng bagong silang niyang sanggol. Mahalagang malaman ang mga relevant facts sa kabuuan nito para maunawaan natin ‘yung mga pangyayari," he said.
Coloma said the government is prepared for any retaliatory attacks. ”Handa ang ating Sandatahang Lakas at mga law enforcement authorities na tumugon sa ganyang mga pangyayari."
Coloma also doesn’t see any problems with Rosal’s bid to attend the wake of her baby. "Sa aking palagay ay magiging risonable naman ang pananaw ng ating mga prosecutors. At kung ito naman ay naaayon sa batas at wala namang malaking hadlang, dahil sa isinasaad ng batas ay bukas naman ‘yung ganoong klaseng opsyon."
Presiding Judge Toribio Ilao, Jr. of the Pasig Regional Trial Court Branch 266 on Tuesday allowed Andrea Rosal to attend the wake of her dead newborn baby for only 3 hours on Wednesday.
The court ruled that Rosal is not allowed to attend her daughter's burial on May 22 in Ibaan, Batangas.
Ilao said his decision was based on "the interest of compassionate justice." - with a report from Jeff Canoy, ABS-CBN News