Thursday, July 20, 2006


The Supreme Court has ordered the NOLCOM and Gen. Jovito Palparan to produce the two missing UP students Karen and Sherlyn on July 24, 10am at the Court of Appeals.

The parents of Karen and Sherlyn filed a petition for habeas corpus at the Supreme Court last Monday to compel the military to produce their daughters and Manuel Merino, a local farmer from Hagonoy, Bulacan.

The SC is the only court which hears habeas corpus petitions.

Below is a copy of the resolution issued by the First Division of the SC dated July 19, 2006:


Quoted hereunder, for your information, is a resolution of the First Division of this Court dated JULY 19, 2006

G.R. No. 173288 (In the Matter of the Petition for Habeas Corpus of Sherlyn T. Cadapan, Karen E. Empeño and Manuel Merino represented by Spouses Erlinda T. and Asher P. Cadapan and Concepcion E. Empeño, petitioners, vs. Major Gen. Romeo Tolentino, Gen. Jovito Palparan, Lt. Col. Rogelio Boac, Arnel Enriquez and Lt. Samson, respondents). -- Considering the special proceeding for Habeas Corpus, the Court resolves to: (a) ISSUE the Writ of Habeas\nCorpus, returnable to the Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeals, Ma. Orosa, Manila who shall IMMEDIATELY RAFFLE the assignment of this case among the Justices thereat and the assigned Justice shall thereafter HEAR the petition on July 24, 2006 at 10:00 a.m., DECIDE the same and SUBMIT a report thereon; and (b) REQUIRE [1] the respondents to PRODUCE the persons of Sherlyn T. Cadapan, Karen E. Empeño and Manuel Merino before said assigned Justice on July 24, 2006 at 10 a.m.; and [2] the Chief of Staff, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City or his deputies to immediately SERVE the writ and petition and to make a RETURN thereof as provided by law.

Very truly yours,
Clerk of Court
First Division

The Hon. Presiding Justice (x)
Court of Appeals


Major Gen. Romeo Tolentino
Camp Servillano Aquino
Tarlac 2300 Tarlac

Gen. Jovito Palparan
Fort Magsaysay
Laur 3129 Nueva Ecija

REX J.M.A. Fernandez
34-B Maamo St, Sikatuna Village
1191 Quezon City
Counsels for Petitioners


At 4:25 PM, Blogger uberjam said...

hmmm... I'm quite sure Regional Trial Curts and the Court of Appeals are also allowed to hear Habeas Corpus petitions. :)

Only that RTCs have a limited jurisdiction compared to the CA and SC.

At 10:27 AM, Anonymous ragdoLL said...

uhm...can you post a picture of those two students, please?
I just want to confirm that one of them really looks like me because I can't find any reason why there are suspicious people following and spying on me and I think they are from the government. I was almost kidnapped in Laguna; I just found a way to escape. I am just an ordinary student of UPLB and I am not involved with any activism as ruled by my religion.


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