Te shares law notes on citizen’s arrest

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Former Supreme Court spokesperson Theodore Te had turned his Twitter account into a law classroom when he drew out some notes to explain some legal concepts.

His Twitter “law notes” deal with the issue of citizen’s arrest in the context of around 2,000 convicts of heinous crimes who were freed under the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law.

“Under the 1987 Constitution (AIII, s2) and the Rules of Court (R113), only a judge can issue a warrant of arrest; while a citizen’s arrest can be made, it cannot be done outside what sec. 5(a),(b), (c), Rule 113 provide,” said Te.

The PNP had also said that they cannot re-arrest the convicts freed based on the GCTA law withou a court order.

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