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Pakawalan na kami! BuCor officials detained at Senate seek relief from SC

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Three Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) officials on Wednesday (Sept. 18) have asked the Court of Appeals (CA) to issue a writ of habeas corpus to compel the Senate release them from detention.

BuCor legal division chief Frederic Anthony Santos, document division chief Staff Sgt. Ramoncito Roque, and New Bilibid Prison (NBP) medical officer Ursicio Cenas filed the petition for habeas corpus since they remained detained at the Senate since September 12.

The three were detained after being cited for contempt for their unsatisfactory answers during the inquiry conducted by the Senate blue ribbon committee over alleged corruption taking place at the BuCor.

“Such an act of the Commttee and its members constitutes grave abuse of discretion amounting to lac of jurisdiction,” read the petition of the three BuCor officials.

“Further, the arrest and continued detention of Petitioners is patently unlawful, constituting as it does a manifest and absolute disregard of discretion, a mere exertion of arbitrary power transcending the borders of constitutional limitations,” they added.

The petitioners complained the blue ribbon committee did not provide them due process and made to explain why they should be cited for contempt.

“Hence, they should not have been detained in the first place and that there is no legal justification for their continued detention,” they said.

“In other words, Petitioner are being coerced by the Respondent Committee to testify on what it wants to hear as its ‘truth’,” said the petitioners who insisted that they made truthful statements during the hearings.

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