Military Slammed for Torture, Abuse of Old Woman

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While women from all over the world commemorated International Womens Day last March 8, a woman in Misamis Occidental was made to suffer the brutality and viciousness of the Armed Forces of the Philippines as she was illegally arrested and furtively detained in a safe house before being brought to a military camp.

In her military prison, Angelina Bisuna Ipong, a 60-year-old peace advocate was allegedly tortured, both physically and sexually by her abductors and was kept incommunicado during her 11-day ordeal. She was surfaced and presented to the media, blindfolded and in a wheelchair, as an officer of the Communist Party of the Philippines.

In a press conference last Friday in Quezon City, the militant womens group GABRIELA launched the "Free Angelina Ipong" campaign together with Ipongs relatives, human rights group Karapatan, Promotion of Church Peoples Response, Health Alliance for Human Rights and Bayan Muna, represented by Cong. Satur Ocampo.

GABRIELA Secretary General Emmi de Jesus said Angies captors have shown how atrocious and cruel the military could be to women whom they perceived to be their enemy. "Sexual violence has again been used by the military against women. …