SC grants temporary protection to drug suspect's widow


Posted at Feb 21 2017 03:55 PM

MANILA - The Supreme Court (SC) has barred police and government officials from going near the widow of a suspect slain in the drug war.

The High Court granted the petition for a Writ of Amparo for Christina M. Gonzales, whose husband Joselito Gonzales was killed in anti-illegal drugs operation in July last year. 

Mrs. Gonzales has been in hiding since the killing of her husband, fearing that she would be killed next, the high court noted.

The Supreme Court's protection order bars PNP Chief, Director General Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa, and several other police officials and officers from approaching the house or workplace of Mrs. Gonzales. 

Besides Dela Rosa, the order also bars DILG Secretary Ismael Sueno, Chief Superintendent Valfrie Tabian, Senior Superintendent Adriano Enong, Superintendent Simnar Semacio Gran, Inspector Aristone Dogwe, Allen Cadag, Mark Riel Canilon, and several John Does from going within one kilometer of the residence or workplace of Gonzales.

The High Court also issued a writ of amparo for Gonzales and the immediate raffle of Gonzales' petition to justices of the Court of Appeals.

According to the Supreme Court, a writ of amparo is a "remedy available to any person whose right to life, liberty and security is violated or threatened with violation by an unlawful act or omission of a public official or employee, or of a private individual or entity." It covers "extra-legal killings and enforced disappearances or threats." 

The high court said that Joselito Gonzales died of multiple gunshot wounds in July 5, 2016 after an alleged encounter with policemen. 

Last January 31, the Supreme Court also issued a temporary protection order on the families of four garbage collectors in Payatas, Quezon City who were killed in a PNP anti-illegal drug operation.