MANILA, Philippines – The Court of Appeals (CA) has given the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) the green light to proceed with its investigation of alleged human rights violations and irregularities committed by soldiers and policemen in the arrest and detention of 43 health workers rounded up in a raid in a private farm house in Morong, Rizal in February 2010.
In a 23-page decision penned by Justice Ramon Bato, Jr. dated April 15, 2010, the CA’s 6th Division dismissed the petition for certiorari and prohibition filed by the Department of National Defense (DND), Philippine National Police (PNP) and military and police officials and officers that sought to nullify orders of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), which assumed “investigative jurisdiction” over the case of the health workers who came to be known as the “Morong 43.”
The Morong 43 were rounded up on suspicion of being communist rebels in an operation conducted by a composite team of 300 soldiers and policemen. They were detained and later charged before a trial court of illegal possession of firearms and explosives and violation of the election gun ban.
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