AFP probes soldiers’ cowing of rights lawyer

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THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Friday said it is investigating allegations of harassment and intimidation by soldiers of a human rights lawyer.

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At the same time, the AFP instructed all of its subordinate units to “ensure the life, liberty and security of Atty. Maria Catherine Dannug-Salucon and her immediate family members.”

“There will be an investigation that will be conducted to determine the truth behind the alleged harassment by soldiers,” said Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc, chief of the AFP Public Affairs Office.

According to Cabunoc, the military will continue to uphold the rule of law and respect for human rights of every individual while it performs its mandated tasks.

He said the Armed Forces, through the Office of the Solicitor General, has filed a motion for reconsideration of the writ of habeas corpus issued by the former Sixth Division of the Court of Appeals (CA) on March 12, 2015.

The appellate court granted Salucon’s petition after she alleged that military and police personnel placed her under surveillance and harassed her on several occasions in March last year after she handled cases of several persons accused of being members of the communist New People’s Army.

Besides granting the writ, it also ordered the AFP to produce for possible destruction all information, records, photographs and dossiers related to its surveillance of Salucon.

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