reprint–Activist seeks amparo vs harassment at SC

*typo error: it’s Cebu, not ‘Cuba’.
**typo error:it’s Paz, not ‘Pad’

Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 02:44:00 08/07/2009

Filed Under: Human Rights, Politics, Military

CEBU CITY — A human rights activist in *Cuba has petitioned the Supreme Court for a writ of amparo to stop the military and police from allegedly harassing and spying on her.

**Pad Silva, advocacy officer of the human rights group Karapatan in Central Visayas, filed the petition for amparo at the high court in the wake of the alleged “systematic and malicious allegations” against her by members of the 302nd Infantry Brigade and 79th Infantry Battalion of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police based in Negros Oriental.

Silva was among seven human rights advocates in Cebu who were charged with murder and other crimes by the police and military in Negros Oriental, according to a statement by Karapatan-Central Visayas.

Police charged Silva with involvement in ambushes staged by the New People’s Army last year.

The charges, however, were dismissed by the Dumaguete City prosecutor’s office on June 15, 2009, “for insufficiency of evidence,” the statement said.

Silva said in the statement that the trumped-up charges against her and six others showed that the military and police were persecuting government critics to dissuade them from demanding accountability for the government’s abuses.

The charges, she said, were an attempt to justify further attacks against human rights workers.

“The dismissal of the charges only exposes this fact and further highlights the collaboration of the AFP[Armed Forces of the Philippines], PNP [Philippine National Police], and Malacañang in silencing dissent,” Silva said.

Silva also asked the high tribunal to order the police and military to stop harassing her and putting her under surveillance.

She asked the high court to also compel the military and police to produce all pieces of information tagging her as a New People’s Army member so that “the same may be corrected, rectified, suppressed or destroyed.”

Silva said the petition would “force a scrutiny on the convoluted security policies of Malacañang and its military and police.” Inquirer Visayas


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