[Appeal] Put a stop to the defiance of RTC Jolo to SC orders on Tulawie case – HRD-Pilipinas

January 20, 2012

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 trial.  However, 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
HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS – PILIPINAS
#45 Saint Mary Street, Cubao, Quezon City
Tel. # 437-8054  Email: hrd.pilipinas@gmail.com

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