14 March 2008

Alert

Supreme Court grants first writ of amparo ordering protection of journalist target of murder plot


Incident details

Nilo Baculo

journalist(s)

death threat
(CMFR/IFEX) - On 11 March 2008, in a four-page resolution, the Supreme Court, sitting en banc, issued a writ of amparo in behalf of Nilo Baculo Sr., publisher of the community newsletter "Traveler's News" in Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro, a province about 140 kms south of Manila.

Baculo had applied for the writ, asking the High Court on 4 February 2008 to issue him a "temporary protection order" under Section 14 of the Rule on the writ of amparo after an alleged hired killer told him he had been hired to kill him by a local businessman and two Calapan City officials. All had been the subject of Baculo's exposés, and were named respondents in Baculo's petition.

The Court of Appeals has been directed to hear the case on 18 March 2008 at 2 p.m. (local time) to decide on the continuance of the writ.

Baculo was elated that the High Court had approved his petition, saying "I am inspired . . . because there is still justice in the country."

Baculo also said that he will carry on his fight against corruption and anomalies in his community. Baculo, with the help of his children, continues to publish his weekly newsletter, "Traveller's News".

The 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."

The implementing guidelines for the writ were issued by the Supreme Court on 25 September 2007, in light of the tide of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances in the Philippines. The guidelines took effect on 24 October 2007.

Updates Baculo case: http://www.ifex.org/en/content/view/full/90524


Source

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