Probe on Maguindanao gang-rape case pushed

11/19/2010 - A LAWMAKER wanted that the Maguindanao rape case be investigated by the House Committees on Women, and Labor and Employment to come up with measures to protect the safety and welfare of volunteer nurses and health workers.

Deputy Speaker and Quezon Representative Lorenzo Tanada III filed Resolution 643, calling for an investigation on the alleged rape of a young nurse last September in South Upi, Maguindanao.

The 22-year-old nurse, “Florence” (not her real name), is under the Nurses Assigned in Rural Services (Nars) program.

Tanada pointed out that the Constitution states that it “shall protect the rights of workers and promote their welfare.”

“This incident emphasizes the hazards that nurses and other public health workers are exposed to in the exercise of their duties, especially in rural areas,” the lawmaker said.

The program is intended to enlist the aid of young nurses to serve in poor communities all over the country. It has deployed as many as 10,000 nurses in 1,000 municipalities since it started a year ago.

Florence celebrated his 22nd birthday Wednesday in a hospital where she met Senator Francis Escudero.

The Department of Justice is already looking into the alleged involvement of several high-ranking local government officials in the province
(Sun Staar)

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