SC grants protection to another 'tokhang' petitioner

ANOTHER petition for writ of amparo in connection to the administration's bloody war on drugs has been acted upon by the Supreme Court (SC).

At a press conference on Tuesday, SC spokesperson Theodore Te has announced the issuance of the writ barring policemen conducting tokhang operations in Antipolo from harassing petitioner Christina Gonzales.

Christina is the widow of Oplan Tokhang victim Joselito Gonzales.

The SC also issued a temporary protection order (TPO) prohibiting respondents in the case from entering, within a radius of one kilometer, the residence and workplace of Gonzales.

The magistrates have referred the case to the Court of Appeals (CA) for "immediate raffle." It also tasked the CA to decide on the case, after hearings, within 10 days from its submission for decision.

Christina filed for a writ of amparo following the death of her husband in the hands of police officers last July 2016.

On January 31, the SC had issue a similar writ and TPO for the relatives of the slain drug war victims in Payatas, Quezon City.

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.

President Rodrigo Duterte stopped the use of the Philippine National Police and the National Bureau of Investigation in the government's war on drugs following the involvement of some of their members in the extortion scheme. (SunStar Philippines)

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