Solon denied entry into Pasig youth facility seeks probe of incident

Rep. Arlene Brosas being denied entry at the gate of Bahay Aruga. (Video grab from Rommel Depasucat)

GABRIELA Women’s Party (GWP) said it will file a resolution tomorrow seeking a House inquiry on the denial of entry to Rep. Arlene Brosas at the Bahay Aruga youth facility in Pasig on Sunday, Sept. 3.

Rep. Brosas, together with Social Welfare Undersecretary Malou Turalde, was supposed to visit the 10 minors being held in the facility. The minors were arrested last Aug 31 during a violent dispersal in East Bank Floodway in Pasig City.

“What the Bahay Aruga facility did to us was outside the bounds of the law. The reasons being cited for the denial of our entry were too arbitrary and messed up. What is there to hide except the fact that the children have been held incommunicado since September 1?” said Rep. Brosas.

The lawmaker, who is a staunch children’s rights advocate, said they will look into possible violations of the Juvenile Justice Welfare Act or RA 9344 by the administrators of the youth facility, as well as possible accountability of local government officials.

“We challenge the local officials of Pasig to clarify its role in the Bahay Aruga facility and its supposed order to prevent us from visiting the minors.”

“Even the parents were denied of their right to visit and check on the conditions of their children. Anong klaseng Bahay Aruga ito?” said Brosas.

Gabriela strongly demands the release of the 41 people arrested during the violent dispersal in Floodway, Pasig most especially the 10 minors, and condemns the police brutality during the dismantling of the KADAMAY barricade.