MILITANT groups turned to the Supreme Court on Monday to appeal their case on being tagged as “leftist” after losing in the Court of Appeals (CA).
The groups Karapatan Alliance Philippines Inc., Rural Missionaries of the Philippines Inc., and General Assembly of Women for Reforms, Integrity, Equality, Leadership and Action Inc. filed a petition for review of a certiorari after the CA dismissed their petition for writs of amparo and habeas data.
The groups sought court protection from government “persecution” due to their alleged association with communist rebels.
The appeals court’s 14th Division junked the case on June 28 for lack of merit.
The three groups in their petition named as respondents President Rodrigo Duterte, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr., Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo, Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Gen. Benjamin Madrigal Jr., Brig. Gen, Fernando Trinidad, Maj. Gen. Erwin Neri, Maj. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr., Lt.
Gen. Macairog Sabiniano Alberto, National Intelligence Coordinating Council (NICA) Director General Alex Paul Monteagudo, NICA Deputy Director General Vicente Agdamag, Police Senior Supt. Omega Jireh Fidel, and Undersecretaries Joel Sy Egco, Severo Catura and Lorraine Marie Badoy.
They said the high court should review the CA decision and declare it void “for being an outcome of the CA’s grievous errors, both of judgment and jurisdiction.”