In a decision issued on July 26, the CA denied NUPL
's petition for Writs of Amparo and Habeas Data.
'What about NUPL
? What can we do to fight for the rights of the parents?
'We ask your Honors to stand by your lawyers,' NUPL
said in its petition.
filed a petition for a writ of amparo as they said that their rights to life, liberty and security have been violated by "persistent threats and harassment, and red-tagging," preventing them from carrying out their profession as members of the bar.
At the time of his death, Ramos was NUPL
's secretary-general in Negros Occidental and was assisting the Negros Federation of Sugar Workers (NFSW) following the killing of its members.
Benjamin Ramos, 56, a founding member of the National Union of People's Lawyers (NUPL
), was gunned down by two suspects late Tuesday in Kabankalan City in Negros Occidental province, 560 kilometres south of Manila.
It also pointed out that NUPL
lawyers knew that this is the second time that the CA denied a similar case filed by left-leaning groups, led by Karapatan, against the president "for being devoid of any merit worthy of judicial consideration".
With this, the OSG said the CA ruling showed that the petition filed by the NUPL
is "merely for political theatrics meant to harass the Government, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, and his military generals."
The three-member Former Special 15th Division said there was 'no substantial evidence' on the threats to life, liberty and security of NUPL
members that would justify issuing a writ of amparo (protection).
"After almost a decade since their illegal arrest, torture and detention, this is what the scarred Morong 43 ended up with," NUPL
'The assailed Court of Appeals decision and resolution, which are the subject of the main petition filed by the People before this Honorable Court denying Mary Jane's plea to be allowed to testify through deposition is-literally and without an iota of exaggeration-a matter of life and death,' NUPL
Secretary-General Edre Olalia said, in seeking an immediate resolution on the case.
The court, in its decision, said that while individual petitioners have locus standi (right to appear in a court), "NUPL
has no legal standing to file the instant petition on behalf of its members " and underscored that there is no substantial evidence of alleged violations or threats of violations of rights to life, liberty and security.