SC stops implementation of curfew ordinances in Manila, Quezon City and Navotas
admin • July 26, 2016 • 2952
MANILA — The Supreme Court has issued a temporary restraining order enjoining the local governments of Manila, Quezon City and Navotas from implementing their curfew ordinances.
The court also ordered the local governments of the three cities to comment on the petition filed by youth group Samahan Ng Progresibong Kabataan.
The group filed a petition before the Supreme Court last Friday asking to nullify the curfew ordinances of the three cities and declare it contrary to Republic Act 9344 or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act.
They claimed that the curfew on minors in Manila, Quezon City and Navotas is vague, unjust and repressive. (RODERIC MENDOZA/UNTV News & Rescue)
The Office of the President has distanced itself from the Supreme Court (SC) decision that lifted the temporary restraining order (TRO) on the hearing of the case against former president Benigno Aquino III on the Mamasapano encounter.
Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo has refused to further comment on the issue as the palace would not want to be accused of meddling with the decision of the judiciary which is a co-equal branch of government.
“[W]e refuse to comment on the action undertaken by the Supreme Court, which belongs to a separate and independent branch of government from ours. We cannot and we do not intend to interfere with the functions of other branches which are distinct from the Executive,” Panelo said.
The palace, he added, would rather see the judicial process roll on its own accord.
“We will, as usual, let the law take its course,” Panelo said. (with details from Rosalie Coz) /mbmf
The Supreme Court has lifted the temporary restraining order (TRO) it had issued on the Mamasapano trial at the Sandiganbayan.
SC spokesperson Brian Keith Hosaka in a statement on Wednesday said that the justices have voted the lifting of the temporary restraining order during Tuesday’s en banc session.
“I would like to confirm that the Supreme Court has lifted the TRO on the Mamasapano trial before the Sandiganbayan,” Hosaka’s statement said.
“With the lifting of the TRO, the Sandiganbayan may now proceed with the trial and act on pending matters filed before it,” he added.
The decision is expected to pave the way for possible action on the withdrawal of the graft and usurpation of authority charges against former President Benigno Aquino III in connection with the Mamasapano clash that killed 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos on January 25, 2015.
The charges were filed with the Sandiganbayan in November 2017 by then Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales.
Charged with Aquino were former Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima and former PNP-SAF director Getulio Napeñas, Jr.
Aquino was scheduled to be arraigned, but the SC issued a TRO that halted the proceedings in the case in February last year, acting on a petition by relatives of two of the slain elite policemen that Aquino be charged instead with reckless imprudence resulting in homicide.
In June this year, Ombudsman Samuel Martires moved to withdraw the graft and usurpation charges against the former president, saying he found no sufficient ground and evidence.
Martires, however, added that his decision was without prejudice to the filing of appropriate charges against the accused after the conduct of a preliminary investigation.
In July, Sandiganbayan, on the other hand, said the anti-graft court will wait for the SC to lift the TRO before it could act on the Ombudsman’s motion. (with details from Mai Bermudez) /mbmf
Over 200 rescued children are still waiting to be fetched by their parents according to the Manila Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
These children are among the 365 minors rescued from the streets in the past 30 days. Only 129 have been fetched by their parents.
The Manila DSWD said the rest of the rescued children are temporarily staying at the Manila Boystown in Marikina City.
DSWD Director Maria Fugoso said not all of the rescued children are from Manila.
She said they are already coordinating with several local government units (LGU) in Metro Manila.
Fugoso reminds parents not to let their children wander off in the streets.
“Sana iyong mga magulang maalagaan iyong mga anak nila kasi hindi naman sila forever nasa Boystown (I hope the parents can care for their children because they cannot stay in Boystown forever),” she said.
Mayor Moreno plans to talk with the parents of the children rescued from the streets.
“There’s a law that punishes the parents under the concept of neglect of minors. Now we’re looking into it,” he said.—AAC (with reports from April Cenedoza)
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