The militant human rights group Karapatan said a political prisoner died on May 4 in Tagum City, Davao del Norte, while incarcerated.
Karapatan said in a report that Adelaida “Nanay Ede” Macusang, 61, was rushed to the hospital after complaining of severe stomach pain and nausea.
Macusang was declared dead on arrival.
Karapatan said doctors’ initial findings stated that Macusang succumbed to kidney failure and cardiac arrest. Prior to her arrest, Macusang had already been diagnosed with severe hypertension and cardiomegaly, or a medical condition in which the heart is enlarged. She died without being tested for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19.)
Karapatan said Macusang, a member of the Montevista Farmers Association, was arrested on March 28, 2018.