SC allows CHR to view 'Erap Five' documents

by Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 04 2014 03:05 PM | Updated as of Feb 04 2014 11:13 PM

MANILA – The Supreme Court (SC) has allowed the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to view the documents and file on the "Erap Five" abduction.

This is after Virgilio Eustaquio, one of the "Erap Five," who is also a witness of the camp of missing activist Jonas Burgos, claimed that one of those who abducted him and four others was also one of Burgos' abductors.

The SC said that Eustaquio's affidavit constitutes the "sought-after missing link that establishes the relevance of the requested documents" to the Burgos case.

The SC also ordered that Mrs. Edita Burgos' sealed "new evidence" regarding her son's abduction be provided to the Department of Justice and National Bureau of Investigation for investigation and filing of charges, if warranted.

Mrs. Burgos earlier revealed that this new evidence pertains to "documentary evidence that would prove that an intelligence unit of the 7th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army and the 56th Infantry Battalion" launched an operation that led to Burgos' capture on April 28, 2007 at a mall along Commonwealth Ave, Quezon City.

This new evidence had been marked "confidential" by the Army. Mrs. Burgos claimed it has a document, "After Apprehension Report, Psycho Social Processing Report; and Autobiography of Jonas Burgos."

The SC terminated its writ of amparo proceedings in light of the referral of the records to the DOJ and NBI.