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CA junks BuCor officials habeas corpus plea for being moot: Napalaya na ng Senado

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Since they have been released by the Senate, the petition of three Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) officials who sought for a writ of habeas corpus has been dismissed by the Court of Appeals (CA) for being “moot and academic.”

BuCor’s legal chief Frederic Anthony Santos, records division head Ramoncito Roque, and medical officer Ursicio Cenas filed the petition as they seek to be released after being detained by the Senate committee on justice and human rights on September 12.

The three got detained after they were cited for contempt by the Senate committee for being untruthful in their statements during the investigation on the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) issue.

However, the Senate sergeant-at-arms informed the appelate court that petition is already considered “moot and academic” since the three were released on September 19.

“Under the moot and academic doctrine, the Courts will abstain from expressing its opinion or resolving the case if no legal relief is needed or could be granted,” the CA declared.

“Here, the instant petition is rendered moot and academic by the fact that the petitioners had been released and are no longer in the custody of the respondents,” it ruled.

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