“In jail, I yearned for sea and sky. My temporary release is indeed a breath of fresh air. But freedom and justice are not achieved by mere yearning, only by struggle.” These are the words uttered by poet Ericson Acosta to his elated supporters, friends, and family for the grant of temporary release from jail.
On Thursday, the Gandara Regional Trial Court in Samar granted Acosta a temporary release for a medical check-up as an answer to his lawyers motion for medical check-up filed last July 2012 due to displayed symptoms of serious renal problems by the poet.
Chief of the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) Atty. Persida Rueda-Acosta flew to the Calbayog Sub-Provincial Jail with a team of medico-legal and a paralegal consultants from human rights organization, KARAPATAN upon the request of Acosta’s family and the Free Ericson Acosta Campaign (FEAC). Results of the tests revealed that Acosta has been suffering from nephritis, a condition characterized by blood in the urine (hematuria), lower back pains, high fever and painful urination (dysuria). These findings appropriated the RTC to immediately grant Acosta’s motion for check-up with Atty. Rueda-Acosta accompanying him to the National Kidney Institute (NKTI) this morning.
Acosta’s 80 year old mother, Liwayway, is overjoyed with his son’s release, even temporarily. “Matagal na naming hinihintay ang mapatingnan si Eric. I am coming to see him without my husband who also has an appointment with the doctor for his spinal ailment that has debilitated him for weeks. Gusto nga sana niyang sumama kay Attorney Persida pero hindi na niya kinaya ang sakit”.
As of 9 this morning, Acosta was already in the National Kidney Institute.
Acosta, 40, was arrested without warrant by the Army on Feb. 13, 2011 in San Jorge, Samar. He was suspected of being a communist guerilla and the military filed a case of ” illegal possession of firearms and explosives against him after supposedly seizing from him communist documents and a hand grenade, among other things.”
(With reports from FEAC)