Mandaluyong judge red-tagged after releasing journalist, union organizer

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 17) — A Mandaluyong judge was red-tagged in a tarpaulin along Shaw Boulevard near EDSA after she ordered the release of a journalist and a union organizer.

Mandaluyong Regional Trial Court Branch 209 Judge Monique Quisumbing Ignacio earlier cleared journalist Lady Ann Salem and trade unionist Rodrigo Esparago of charges of illegal possession of firearms and explosives.

Bayan Muna Rep. Ferdinand Gaite criticized the attack against Quisumbing-Ignacio.

"The Courts are under attack! After PNP's attempt to profile HR lawyers, now we're seeing harassment vs. judges who expose their flawed searches!" Gaite posted on Twitter along with a photo of the tarpaulin.

“I condemn this act of intimidation against Judge Quisumbing-Ignacio. Hands off the Judiciary! Hands off Human Rights Lawyers!" he added.

Prisoners' group Kapatid also called out the red-tagging of the judge.

"The tarps speak for themselves. Independent, fair minded judges are under attack. Who has the motive to produce such inanity other than those extremely fond of red-tagging. Their handiwork will boomerang on them," the group said in a statement.