Ahead of Baby River’s burial, supporters and the media have started arriving outside La Funeraria Rey in Pandacan, Manila. Management of funeral home has not yet allowed anyone to go inside saying they will limit access to 30 people.
Marites Asis, mother of Reina Mae Nasino, asks for privacy. Instead of mass at 9:30 at the funeral home, baby River’s remains will be blessed at Sto. Niño church at 10:30am. No word yet if 10am presscon will push thru.
LOOK: SWAT personnel have also arrived outside the funeral home ahead of baby River’s burial
LOOK: Around 20 officers are stationed in front of the funeral home
Brief altercation between police and supporters as police prohibit display of placards. Placard reads: Hustisya para kay River.
LOOK: Police prohibit placards while supporters insist there’s nothing wrong with the message calling for justice for baby River
NOW: Funeral mass for baby River organized by Promotion of Church People’s Response.

Live video on Karapatan Metro Manila Facebook page

📹Karapatan Metro Manila
KAPATID asks BJMP, police to respect Reina Mae Nasino’s last 3 hrs with baby River and allow her to grieve in peace.
Karapatan places blame on Duterte govt for River’s death — from arrest of mother Reina Mae based on “bogus search warrant” and “planted evidence” to courts “refusing to listen to pleas of grieving mother” to jail officials who “sought to reduce her furlough.”
BAYAN SecGen Renato Reyes, Jr says death of baby River is an indictment of PH justice system, flagrant double standards. Says lower courts, Supreme Court ignored plea for Nasino’s release on humanitarian grounds. Also notes her wake visit in handcuffs.
Reyes: Reina Nasino is a symbol of what is terribly wrong with the Philippine justice system and the government of Rodrigo Duterte... The courts also failed to protect the rights of the arrested activists and political prisoners.
Reyes: Baby River was casualty of the regime's fascist war against its critics and the Philippines' broken justice system. We are indignant. We are outraged. We join the Nasino family in seeking justice, for Baby River, for Reina and for all political prisoners.
EARLIER: KAPATID spox Fides Lim was initially barred from entering funeral home
WATCH: Promotion of Church People’s Response offer some church songs for baby River outside the funeral home. Remains of baby River expected to be brought to Manila North Cemetery soon.
WATCH: Reina Mae Nasino's mother, Marites Asis, kneels in front of police begging them to allow the remains of baby River to be brought to Manila North Cemetery. Police originally on 1pm timeline
WATCH: Marites Asis begs and kneels in front of police to allow them to bring baby River to Manila North Cemetery. Police initially insisted on 1pm timeline but relented.

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16 Oct
Reina Mae Nasino also inside Manila North Cemetery
LOOK: Reina Mae and baby River
Situation now inside the Manila North Cemetery from where I'm standing: Reina Mae Nasino, mother Marites Asis pay last respects to baby River. Karapatan says Nasino's lawyers begged BJMP officers to remove Nasino's handcuffs. They refused.
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Remains of baby River now being brought to Manila North Cemetery.
LOOK: Funeral march for baby River
Some who took part in funeral march call for justice for baby River
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NOW: KAPATID holds press conference.

Fides Lim, KAPATID spokesperson, criticizes the Supreme Court for long wait on petition for release of prisoners, only to refer it to lower courts: Pinaghintay niyo kami at binigo.
Lim to SC: We continue to appeal -- do not stand in your own way. Chief Justice Peralta, you have 2 more years to be true to your own words about our petition.

Lim was referring to Peralta's previous statement in a press release that detainees are presumed innocent.
Lim says they will pursue writ of kalayaan as suggested by SC Associate Justice Marvic Leonen in his separate opinion.

Lim: The Peralta court is provided with remedy with writ of kalayaan. Prove it, don’t be a passive court. Be a humane court.
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Justice Sec Menardo Guevarra says the Anti-Terrorism Council has approved today the implementing rules and regulations of the Anti-Terrorism law crafted by a technical group led by the Justice dept.
Copies of Anti-Terrorism law’s IRR to be disseminated to Congress, law enforcement agencies and published online Friday and in newspaper of general circulation over the weekend. IRR to take effect upon publication, submission to ONAR in UP Diliman Friday.
Guevarra says there are no specific provisions in IRR on social media regulation. Says he expects Anti-Terrorism law’s IRR will possibly face the same legal challenge that the law on which it is based faces in the Supreme Court.
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BREAKING: Reina Mae Nasino arrives at funeral home and sees baby River for the first time. ImageImageImageImage
KAPATID spox Fides Lim berates BJMP/Manila City Jail officials for keeping Nasino in handcuffs. She also took note of the number of personnel: “Andami-dami niyo.” BJMP/Manila City Jail had argued lack of personnel to argue for reduced furlough period. Image
LOOK: Reina Mae Nasino in handcuffs as she visits wake of her 3-month-old baby ImageImage
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14 Oct
Manila RTC Br 47 reduces 3-day furlough granted to Reina Mae Nasino to 2 days (Oct 14 and 16) at 3 hrs each (1-4pm) after Manila City Jail officials asked to reduce furlough citing lack of personnel.
Aside from lack of personnel, Manila City Jail officials now also citing safety of inmates saying they do not have enough facilities to accommodate Nasino when she returns from furlough, accdg to NUPL lawyers.
WATCH: Reina Mae Nasino’s lawyer Kathy Panguban, almost in tears as she explains how Manila City Jail and BJMP officials argued to reduce her furlough to 2 days. Among reasons cited, Nasino is supposedly a high profile inmate.
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