Judge junks writ of habeas corpus petition on minor's 'detention'

September 24, 2010 12:34 pm 

DUMAGUETE CITY, Sept. 24 – Negros Oriental Regional Trial Court Branch 32 Presiding Judge Erick Maxino has dismissed the writ of habeas corpus petition filed by the Commission on Human Rights through investigator Jess Canete against the parents of a minor who was rescued by the CHR and the police last week in Barangay Piapi, this city.

The writ of habeas corpus petition was resorted to in order to produce the living body of the victim following the testimonies of her classmates that she was detained against her will and had suffered some injuries.

In his decision, Maxino awarded the custody of the minor to her parents in stressing that the unemancipated minor still needs parental care.

The physical injury aspect of the case, however, is not an issue in this particular case, the judge pointed out.

During the hearing, the minor vehemently denied having intimate relationship with a teacher of the Silliman University College of Engineering, which was the reason why her parents had prevented her from going out.

Pictures presented by respondents, however, showed otherwise. In fact, the teacher did not appear during the court hearing.

The 19-year-old girl was transferred from the College of Engineering to the College of Business Administration of Silliman University.

Maxino also warned the parents not to hurt or inflict injury to the child.

The judge said he was happy when he saw the child and the parents seemingly enjoying good times at a shopping mall here. (PNA) /PTR/jfp/JG

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