Alfreda Disbarro has been released! Thanks to everyone who took action for her case, as one of Amnesty UK’s Individuals at Risk in The Philippines.
On 3 October 2013, Alfreda Disbarro was at an internet café near her house in Parañaque when police officers approached her and accused her of being a drug dealer. She denied the allegation and to prove she was not carrying drugs, emptied her pockets, which contained a mobile phone and a five-peso coin. Without warning the officers pointed a gun at her and punched her in the chest.
Alfreda, a mother of two, was taken to the police headquarters where she says police officers pinned her against a wall, repeatedly punched her in the face and stomach, hit her with a club, poked their fingers in her eyes, slapped her, forced a mop into her mouth, and banged her head against a wall. They then beat her with a wooden stick and a metal bar.
During the past few years, there has been no new information of her, and so today’s news from Amnesty Philippines is all the more welcome.
Country Co-ordinator – The Philippines Amnesty International