CA denies request of lawyer's group for temporary protection vs. government forces

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 17) — The Court of Appeals on Wednesday denied the request of a lawyer's group for protection against alleged government harassment and red-tagging.

The National Union of People's Lawyers (NUPL) petitioned the court to issue writs of amparo and habeas data, as well as a temporary protection order (TPO), against key defense and military officials, including President Rodrigo Duterte in his capacity as the commander-in-chief.

The Court of Appeals said that there is no need to approve the petition, as the Supreme Court has already granted the petition for a writ of amparo and habeas data in favor of the NUPL on May 3.

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"All told, insofar as the TPO sought herein necessarily partakes of the protective aspect of the privilege of the writ of amparo, we therefore deny petitioners' application therefor," the Court of Appeals decision read.

A writ of amparo, if granted, would give court protection from threats to the person's life, liberty and security committed by government actors.

A writ of habeas data, on the other hand, would require respondents to produce and possibly destroy the private information they have on the petitioners.

The NUPL was among the groups tagged in an alleged ouster plot against Duterte, which also included the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, Rappler, and VERA Files.