In a statement issued two days before the State of the Nation Address (SONA), the bishops urged President Benigno Aquino III “to consider the plight of political detainees under his administration and their call for a general, unconditional and omnibus amnesty.”
The fasting started last July 16. Last Thursday, 18 political prisoners in Metro Manila, Agusan del Sur, Cebu and Tagum City heightened their action by going on hunger strike to highlight the call for their release. At least 500 inmates at the Compostela Valley Provincial Rehabilitation Center joined the political prisoners in sympathy. Political prisoners in 10 jails throughout the country have joined the hunger strike/fast.