Top defense, AFP execs snub amparo hearing

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Defense executives and officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Thursday snubbed anew a Court of Appeals hearing on a petition filed by the National Union of People’s Lawyers exposing and questioning alleged state-sponsored harassment and red-tagging on them.

The Office of the Solicitor General disclosed the respondent-officials would no longer attend any hearings and will just send a legal representative instead.

The respondents were 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.

The NUPL sought the issuance of writs of amparo and habeas data against the military, claiming they were irrationally tagged as communist sympathizers and members.

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