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SC rejects Fil-Am’s petition for protection vs. gov’t

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The Supreme Court (SC) has dismissed the petition of Filipino-American activist Melissa Roxas who sought a protection order against the government after accusing the military of kidnapping and torturing her in 2009.

In its ruling, the high court pointed out “the petitioner appeared to have been disinterested in pursuing her case.”

“Herein petitioner attributed her alleged kidnapping and torture to members of the military and some identified government officials by reason of command responsibility,” the SC noted.

“However, she failed to provide competent evidence that could have supported her allegations that the respondents failed to exercise extraordinary diligence over their subordinates,” the high tribunal ruled.

“Likewise, as borne by the records, the petitioner showed unwillingness to cooperate with the investigative authority, making the report on her alleged abduction as inconclusive to impute any liability upon the respondents,”it added.

Roxas filed a petition in 2009 seeking the issuance of writs of amparo and habeas data against the government.

The writ of amparo provide immediate judicial relief for the protection of a person’s constitutional right to life and liberty, while, the writ of habeas data is designed to protect the person’s right to informational privacy.

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