PILC to present 10 witnesses for NUPL
The Public Interest Law Center will present a total of 10 witnesses for the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers in a petition questioning the government’s red-tagging of NUPL, once hearing at the Court of Appeals resumes.
On the other hand, the Office of the Solicitor will present five witnesses as government lawyers expected to continue seeking the dismissal of the petition.
The CA has set eight hearing dates to hear the testimonies of the witnesses.
In the last hearing, Assistant Solicitor General Angelita Villanueva Miranda disclosed NUPL failed to include judicial affidavits of their witnesses in their petition for writs of amparo and habeas data.
CA justices asked NUPL to comment on the issue raised by Miranda.
NUPL was seeking the issuance of writs of amparo and habeas data.
Named respondents in NUPL’s petition were President Rodrigo Duterte, who was impleaded in his capacity as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr., Defense Seretary Delfin Lorenzana; Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Benjamin Madrigal Jr., AFP Deputy Commander for Intelligence Brig. Gen. Fernando Trinidad, AFP Chief of the Intelligence Service Maj. Gen. Erwin Bernard Neri, Philippine Army chief Lt. Gen. Macairog Alberto and AFP Deputy Chief of Staff for Civil Military Operations Maj. Gen. Antonio Parlade, Jr.