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HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS – PILIPINAS

#45 Saint Mary Street, Cubao, Quezon City

  Tel. # 437-8054  Email: hrd.pilipinas@gmail.com

January 20, 2012

  

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Honorable Jose Midas P. Marquez

Court Administrator

Supreme Court of the Philippines

Cc: Atty. Raul Bautista Villanueva Deputy Court Administrator   Supreme Court of the Philippines

Dear Hon. Marquez,

The Human Rights Defenders-Pilipinas (HRD-Pilipinas) would like to thank and congratulate your good office for the timely communication and instructions dated 17 January 2012 to Executive Judge Pelacio Paguican of Davao Regional Trial Court regarding Criminal Case Nos (07-09) 1648-3 and (07-09) 1649-3 involving the accused Temogen “Cocoy” Tulawie – a human rights defender (HRD).  We also commend your office through your Executive Judges Pelagio S. Paguican and Peter V. Eisma for the speedy implementation of your instructions.  Such initiatives have arrested the possible further violation of rights of a human rights defender whose intent for filing a motion for transfer of trial jurisdiction is solely for justice and impartiality.

Our local members informed us that Mr. Tulawie is now in Davao City.  As such, he is under the custody of Col. Michael Dubria of the Regional Intelligence Division (R-2) of the Philippine National Police.

It is our wish that the wheel of justice will now proceed as expected and the accused be given the right to speedy trialHowever, it reached us that, until today, Tulawie’s case folder has not yet been forwarded to RTC Davao.  This is amid the Supreme Court Order dated 13 June 2011 and repeated requests and follow-ups from the family of the accused to the sala of Judge Betlee-lan Barraquias.

We are respectfully asking your good office to put a stop to the defiance of RTC Jolo to your Orders.  Such attitude of the good Judge of Jolo is an action unbecoming of a “man of law” and stains the reputation of the Philippine Courts.

We trust that you will act favourably on this request.  Thank you once again and more power.

Sincerely,

Dr. Renato G. Mabunga

Chairperson, HRD-Pilipinas

 

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For the case background, here’s the link:

https://renatomabunga.wordpress.com/2012/01/15/urgent-appeal-arrest-of-human-rights-defender-from-jolo-sulu/

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 January 16, 2012

His Excellency Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III 

 President of the Republic of the Philippines 

 Malacanang Palace

JP Laurel St., San Miguel, Manila 1005 

 Fax: +63 2 7361010; Tel: +63 2 735 6201/564 1451 to 80

 

Re: Temogen S. Tulawie Case: A Human   Rights Defender denied of due process and charged in court, notwithstanding   procedural and substantive lapses in the investigation.

Dear Mr. President,

Greetings of peace!

We, at Human Rights Defenders-Pilipinas, write to express our grave concern regarding the plight of Mr. Temogen S. Tulawie, a human rights defender.  We have been following his case and lately have known of his arrest in Davao City on 13 January 2012.  Prior to his arrest, he was already planning to voluntarily surrender and face the charges hurled against him.  Especially that, the Supreme Court has granted his petition of transfer of case and venue to the Regional Trial Court (RTC) of Davao City.  He believes that impartiality and justice will not be accorded him in Jolo, Sulu.

Mr. Tulawie is a member of different human rights organizations working on various issues in Sulu.  His activities as human rights defender includes, public information campaigns, organizing peace rallies and peaceful protests against government policies detrimental to human rights.

Earlier, it was known that Juhan Alihuddin, a prosecution witness, had executed an affidavit on 29 June 2009 denying his previous statement allegedly taken under duress.  He also denied that a counsel represented him during the investigation, saying, the investigation personnel of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) provided the counsel only after he had already signed the prepared confession.  He further stressed that the contents of the confession were false.

As of this writing, we are informed that the RTC Branch 3 of Jolo, Sulu has not yet transferred the case records to RTC Davao.

With this vital information, we are calling for a fair, impartial and speedy disposition of the case.  Moreover, we are requesting all concerned government agencies to guarantee the full protection and respect for human rights to Mr. Tulawie, as guaranteed by the Philippine Constitution and the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Defenders.

We trust that you will act favorably on this urgent matter.  For the Human Rights Defenders-Pilipinas, I remain

Sincerely,

Dr. Renato G. Mabunga

Chairperson

HRD-Pilipinas

 

 c.c.

Hon. Loretta Ann Rosales, Chairperson, Commission on Human Rights

Hon. Juan Ponce Enrile, Senate President

Hon. Leila de Lima, Secretary Department of Justice

Hon. Jose Midas Marquez, Court Administrator, Supreme Court of the Philippines

Police Director General Raul M. Bacalso, Chief, Philippine National Police

Hon. Emilio Gonzalez, Deputy Ombusdman, Office of the Deputy Ombudsman for the Military and other Law Enforcement Offices

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