Court issues writ of amparo for suspected NPA


BACOLOD CITY — The Bacolod regional trial court issued a writ of amparo against Senior Supt. Rosendo Franco, Negros Occidental police director; Senior Supt. Ronilo Quebrar, Bacolod police chief; Senior Insp. Luisito Acebuche, Bacolod police Station 1 chief, and Brig. Gen. Josue Gaverza, commander of Army’s 303rd Infantry Brigade, for the arrest of Gabriela volunteer Mary Grace Delicano.

Government authorities maintained that Delicano is a top ranking rebel leader in Negros island, something Delicano denies. Her brother Benedicto filed for the issuance of the writ of amparo which Bacolod Judge Ray Alan Drilon ruled as sufficient in form and substance.

The writ of amparo, approved by the Supreme Court in October 2007, is a legal remedy available to any person whose right to life, liberty and security, is violated or threatened with violation by an unlawful act or omission of a public official or employe, or of a private individual or entity.

The respondents were ordered to submit their written response within 72 hours from its receipt.

Drilon set the summary hearing on the petition on Friday.

Delicano was arrested here based on an arrest warrant for robbery-in-band. An alleged former comrade in the communist movement in Northern Negros identified her as the finance officer of the Kilusang Larangang Northern Negros, Komiteng Rehiyonal-Negros of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army. – Gilbert Bayoran (Malaya)

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