What happened to Baby River Nasino? Dies after separation from three-month-old mother in Philippines

Outrage over the death of Nadi Nasino, a 3-month-old baby girl from the Philippines, has been circulating on social media after photos and accounts of her burial on Friday.

Nadi is the daughter of 23-year-old human rights activist and political activist Reena Mae Nasino. At the time of her arrest in Reena in November 2019, the urban poverty group was working for Kadamay.

Reena Mai and two others were arrested by police officers when a regional trial court issued a warrant in the Manila metro area last year. According to a letter written by the Unified Bar of the Philippines, he was charged with non-bailable offenses in the Philippines, illegal possession of firearms and explosives. The IBP, the official organization of all Filipino lawyers, has raised many questions about the death of the river.

Reena May and two others have denied accusations and accusations that authorities, according to the BBC, fired ammunition during actions against left-leaning activists.

According to the BBC, Reena Ma remains a detainee in the Manila City Jail women’s hostel and did not know if she was pregnant. Despite all this, the young woman was “quite excited to be a mother,” her lawyer, Josle Denala, told the BBC.

Reena Mei gave birth to the river on 1 July, but despite the river’s deterioration and low weight, according to the BBC, she was forced to part ways barely a month later on 13 August.

“She said she did not want to leave her child. She was in fact arguing that the child would be allowed to live longer,” Denala told the BBC.

Under Philippines law, a child born in custody can live with the mother for the first month of life. A few exceptions can be made, and campaigners press the authorities to release Reina Mae, but to no avail.

People started petitioning for Reena Mae’s release from prison on grounds of health and humanity and because she was still breastfeeding, according to the IBP. Her lawyers made several appeals, including the woman’s trial going through several trial courts, the Supreme Court and a Court of Appeal, which states the IBP letter.

“We will tie blue ribbons in front of Supreme Court doors. They were the essence of the river, life. We put candles. But they didn’t listen,” Fiood Lim told the BBC. Lim runs a support group of families and friends of political prisoners in Kapatid, Philippines.

Activists and supporters called for the release of detained human rights activist Reina Mae Nacino, who lost her 3-month-old daughter while she was in custody, on October 16 in Manila, Philippines.
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According to the BBC, Reena Mae’s mother was employed to take care of the child, but the condition of the river gradually deteriorated and she was admitted to the hospital on 24 September. Intercasinone reported that the baby died last week at just 3 months of age, suffering from acute respiratory distress syndrome.

A judge gave Reena May two separate three-hour furloughs from prison to attend her daughter’s burial proceedings, one on Wednesday and the other on Friday. Images of the funeral show were worn by Reena Mae wearing full personal protective equipment and handcuffs. According to the rapper, police officers carrying high-powered firearms surrounded the woman.

“Despite many fully armed BJMP [Bureau of Jail Management and Penology] With escorts, police and military personnel supervised and Reena Mae, she continued to fidget when the IBP letter states.

BJP spokesman Xavier Solda told the rapper that 43 officers from various prison units were present for Friday’s ceremony.

Many Filipino officials have since expressed their displeasure over the circumstances surrounding the child’s death, pointing out how high-profile government officials are given favorable treatment compared to political prisoners like Reina Mae.

The Gabriella Women’s Party tweeted on Friday, “There is no justification for this state-issued injustice and cruelty against a mother and her 3-month-old child.” “We must hold the state responsible for the impossibility of this culture that has plagued our society. Release Reina Nasino! Justice for Baby River!”

The IBP echoed this sentiment, calling for better treatment of children in the eyes of the law.

“Our concern, disappointment, or the fury and tears we can shed for Baby River Nasino take action to improve our collective determination and justice system,” the IBP wrote. “Don’t let our innocent children fall through the cracks. Babies have rights and our duty is to raise them. Let our humanity rise above the privileges of our personal happiness or power.”

Newsweek Contacted IBP for further comment on the case, but did not hear back in time for publication.