SC issues amparo writ for Fil-Am activist


Posted at Jun 09 2009 05:17 PM | Updated as of Jun 10 2009 01:25 AM

MANILA - The Supreme Court on Tuesday released a writ of amparo for kidnapped Filipino American activist Melissa Roxas and ordered the Court of Appeals to conduct a hearing on her petition.

Roxas petitioned the high court to grant her protection after she and two others were abducted by suspected military men in La Paz, Tarlac last May 19. In her petition, Roxas said she was kidnapped and brought to a military camp in Nueva Ecija where she was interrogated for six days on suspicions that she was a communist rebel.

She said she was only released after she convinced her captors that she would return to the folds of the law.

Finding basis for her appeal, the Supreme Court ordered the Armed Forces of the Philippines to respond to Roxas’s petition. Named respondents in Roxas's petition are President Arroyo, Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro, Armed Forces Chief of Staff Victor Ibrado, National police chief Director General Jesus Versoza, Army commanding general Lt. Gen. Delfin Bangit, PNP-Region III Regional Director Chief Superintendent Leon Nilo de la Cruz, Army 7th Infantry Division chief Maj. Gen. Ralph Villanueva and Tarlac Police director Senior Superintendent Rudy Gamido Lacadin.

Roxas also named three people -- Dex, RC at Rose -- believed to be members of the Armed Forces,  as respondents.

She also sought the return of her camera and its memory card, iPod, laptop, P15,000 cash, stethoscope and blood pressure meter.