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Red tagging, not government policy – Army general

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• GILBERT P. BAYORAN

An Army general has reiterated that the 3rd Infantry Division does not engage in “red tagging,” which he stressed is not a government policy.

Maj. Gen. Marion Sison, 3ID commander, disclosed that the information presented to the public are verified and published in the interest of public safety and security.

It is a strong reaffirmation of the division’s commitment to protect the interest of the people and upholds their right to “know” for better participation in government’s affairs, Sison stressed in a statement issued by the 3ID Public Affairs Office.

In a 39-page ruling, the Supreme Court reversed the Iloilo Regional Trial Court’s dismissal of the petition for Issuance of Writ of Amparo filed by Siegfred Deduro, and ordered the remanding of the case to the RTC for the conduct of a summary hearing to determine the relevance and consistency of the evidence by both parties.

Sison said the 3ID supports the Supreme Court decision to review the petition filed by Deduro as an opportunity for all parties concerned to present evidence in the interest of justice and in upholding the rule of law.

He stressed that the 3ID honors judicial processes, upholds the truth, and abides by the rule of law in all areas of its operations.

By adhering to these principles, the 3ID reaffirms its role as guardians of justice and defenders of human rights, and shall continue to demonstrate its unwavering commitment to integrity, justice, and accountability toward this end, Sison added.

In a separate statement, National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) Executive Director and Undersecretary Ernesto Torres Jr., said the Task Force’s Legal Cooperation Cluster (LCC) maintained that the High Court has yet to make a categorical ruling on the merits of the grant of the privilege of the writ of amparo prayed for by the petitioner since “the Regional Trial Court (RTC) is still yet to determine the relevance and consistency of the evidence by both parties in resolving the Petition.”

Similarly, the LCC emphasized that the Supreme Court has only issued the Writ of Amparo, “which is entirely different from the grant of the privilege of the writ,” Torres further said.

“We look at this decision as an opportunity for the respondent to present witnesses and evidence regarding Deduro’s connections with the CPP-NPA-NDF (Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front),” Torres said.*

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