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Antique court junks amparo petition filed by alleged rebel’s widow versus Western Visayas police officials

An Antique court has dismissed the petition for amparo filed against the top officials of the Western Visayas regional police by the widow of an alleged New People’s Army official killed in a recent encounter.

In a recent 19-page decision, San Jose Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 12 Judge Francisco Guzman said Vivian Sanchez failed to present substantial evidence to warrant the court’s protection.

It added that Sanchez’s allegations were merely based on hearsay.

“The writ of amparo as a remedy is confined to cases of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances or threats thereof which cannot be issued on amorphous and uncertain grounds or in cases where the alleged threats have ceased,” read the decision.

Sanchez was the wife of Eldie Labinghisa, one of the seven alleged NPA members killed in an encounter with the police and the military in Barangay Atabay on August 15.

She claimed in her petition that three police officers interrogated her and threatened to arrest her for obstruction of justice over her refusal to answer their questions.

Sanchez added that her family was being watched by the police, scaring her children.

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