Thursday, July 20, 2006

SC orders military to show missing UP students

An update on the case of missing University of the Philippines students

Kin of 2 missing UP students get relief from Supreme Court
Source: Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism

THE Supreme Court has granted the petition for habeas corpus for two University of the Philippines students and a farmer who were allegedly abducted by soldiers in Bulacan last month.

The high tribunal ordered Northern Luzon Commanding Officer Gen. Romeo Tolentino, and three other military officials, to present the students, Karen Empeno and Sherlyn Cadapan, and farmer Manuel Merino, to the Court of Appeals on Monday, the 24th. (View a pdf copy of the order.)

Empeno and Cadapan, who is pregnant, disappeared shortly after going to Hagonoy, Bulacan for research. They were being hosted by a local family in Bgy. San Miguel when they were allegedly abducted by rifle-wielding men around 2 a.m. of June 26. Merino was reportedly taken as well after he tried to help the two.

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