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NUPL dismayed over CA’s rejection of plea for protection: Kailangan namin ‘yan!

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National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL president Edre Olalia has expressed dismay that the Court of Appeals (CA) refused to issue to the group a temporary protection order (TPO) against the government.

“With due respect, we regret that the CA did not at this point see the necessity and applicability of giving us the Temporary Protection Order which is an ancillary remedy to the privilege of the writ of amparo,” he said in a statement.

Recently, the CA issued a resolution stating that it will no longer issue a TPO since “the Supreme Court already issued a writ of amparo in its May 3, 2019 Resolution.”

Last May 3, the SC granted the petition of NUPL to issue writs of amparo and habeas data against the government.

In the same order, the SC directed the Court of Appeals (CA) to conduct hearings over the NUPL’s petition.

Olalia believes that “what the Supreme Court (SC) earlier granted was only the writ and not yet the privilege of the writ.”

“While significant, the writ only mandated the respondents to answer (‘make a return’) the Petition. That is precisely why the SC ordered the CA to conduct hearings to determine whether or not the privilege will be granted,” he explained.

In its petition, the NUPL sought from the SC the protection order which would prevent President Rodrigo Duterte, the police and the military from threatening and harming NUPL members.

“The present Duterte administration has shown open disdain for human rights activists and lawyers,” the NUPL lamented in its petition.

A writ of amparo is sought by persons whose right to life, liberty and security is violated or threatened with violation by an unlawful act or omission of a public official or employee, or of a private individual or entity.

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