Monday, September 16, 2019

Prosecution office: No human rights violations in Davao City

NOT a single human rights violation complaint related to the martial law declaration has been filed before the Davao City Prosecution Office and Public Attorney's Office (PAO)-Davao Region.

City Assistant Prosecutor Imee Bisera-Mabale told SunStar Davao that the office has not yet received any complaint on human rights abuse or violations related to the declaration of martial law.

"We have not heard of any human rights violation since the martial law started last month as far as the Davao City is concerned. Not a single complaint on violations was filed here," Mabale said.

Mabale said most of the complaints filed before the prosecution office are theft or robbery, alarms and scandal, anti-child abuse, anti-women abuse, and drug-related offense, among others.

Lawyer Francis Calatrava, PAO regional director, said his office has not received human rights violations complaints on martial law.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on Wednesday, June 14, said the city is generally peaceful and her office has not receive any complaints yet of any human rights violations perpetrated by the law enforcers on the ground.

“So far I have not receive complaints of military abuse even from police abuse with the implementation of Martial law in Davao City and we have experience low crime rate in Davao City from the start of Martial Law,” Duterte-Carpio said.

According to her, presence of law enforcers has brought the feeling of relief and security among the public.

President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao on May 23 after the clashes erupted between the government armed forces and the Maute Group in Marawi City.

The Regional State Prosecution Office in Davao stands with the emergency declaration of the president as the law is intended to guard the people not only in Davao region but in Mindanao.

"We respect the wisdom of the president on martial law considering that he was also once a prosecutor," Regional Prosecutor Janet Grace Dalisay–Fabrero earlier said.

Article VII, Section 18 of the Philippine Constitution states that a state of martial law does not suspend the operation of the Constitution, nor supplant the functioning of the civil courts or legislative assemblies, nor authorize the conferment of jurisdiction on military courts and agencies over civilians where civil courts are able to function, nor automatically suspend the privilege of the writ.

The suspension of the privilege of the writ shall apply only to persons judicially charged for rebellion or offenses inherent in or directly connected with the invasion.

During the suspension of the privilege of the writ, any person, thus, arrested or detained shall be judicially charged within three days, otherwise he shall be released. (ICT with JCR)
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