Writ of Amparo granted to Fil-Am activist

June 9, 2009 12:05 pm 

MANILA, June 9 – The Supreme Court (SC) has granted the petition for writ of amparo filed by Filipino-American activist Melissa Roxas who claimed she was abducted by armed men purportedly elements of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

SC Spokesman Jose Midas Marquez said that the Highest Court ordered the Armed Forces to submit its comment on the petition for writ of amparo.

The SC also ordered the Court of Appeals (CA) to immediately conduct a hearing on the petition.

Roxas is a member of Bayan-USA, the overseas chapter of the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan).

She was allegedly abducted by armed men in La Paz, Tarlac on May 19, 2009 and surfaced only on May 25, 2009.

Roxas said she was blindfolded and handcuffed in a military camp in Nueva Ecija, which is a short distance from La Paz.

She believed her place of captivity was a military camp due to the sounds of gunfiring, hammering and planes taking off and landing in the area.

In her petition, Roxas said that the police and military authorities as well as the Office of the President have not conducted any investigation on the matter.

She also said her right had been violated when she was investigated without the presence of a legal counsel and included in the order of battle against suspected members of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army.

She claimed that her abductors took from her a memory card, an Ipod, laptop and a journal containing personal materials, sphygmomanometer, stethoscope and cash amounting to P15,000. (PNA)

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