CHR welcomes CA ruling on 2 labor organizers

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) gloatingly welcomes the ruling of the Court of Appeals (CA) that issues a privilege of the Writ Amparo, Permanent Protection Order and to conduct an investigation on the disappearance of two labor organizers of Kilusang Mayo Uno.

The two organizers namely Elizabeth Magbanua aka Loi and Alipio Juat, aka Ador, were last seen on May 3, 2022 in Valenzuela City while attending a meeting together with other community organizers.

The commission also welcomes the stiff response of the CA to the initial writ of protection issued by the Supreme Court.

It is egregious that the court determined the odium of some military officials and officers and directed the pursuit of an expeditious and exhaustive investigation.

Furthermore, the permanent protection granted by the CA is crucial in protecting the immediate family of the victims and can help encourage more families of victims to pursue justice.

“The CHR hope that the CA ruling will translate to certitude of responsibility for those proven involved and expeditiously result to the uncovering of the full truth. The case of Loi and Ador highlights the vulnerability of activists to involuntary disappearance.

It should trigger renewed government attention and decisive action on the situation of human rights defenders and activists around the country,” according to CHR Executive Director, Atty. Jacqueline Ann de Guia.

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