Answer writ of amparo, SC asks AFP

The Supreme Court yesterday issued a writ of amparo in favor of two labor union organizers believed to be held by the military following their disappearance a few months back.

The High Court’s Public Information Office said the order was issued during its regular en banc session yesterday.

The SC referred to the petition filed on behalf of Elizabeth “Loi” Magbanua and Alipio “Ador” Juat by Ruth Maglalan and Maureen Juat, life partner and eldest daughter of the victims, respectively, to the Court of Appeals for summary proceedings.

The appellate court was ordered by SC to hear the petition on 30 August 2022 and to decide the case within 10 days after its submission for decision It also granted the plea of the petitioners for the issuance of a temporary protection order, enjoining the respondents from going within a radius of one kilometer of the petitioners and their immediate family.

The resolution though did not mention the Court’s action on the request of the petitioners for the issuance of an order allowing them, their lawyers, representatives of the Commission on Human Rights and health workers to inspect two military headquarters where Magbanua and Juat were believed being held captive.

The SC also ordered the respondents to make a verified return of the writ of amparo and file a comment to the petition before the CA within 72 hours after its service.

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