From ABS-CBN (Aug 29): Andrea Rosal's companion asks SC to free him
The mother of the companion of alleged Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army (CPP-NPA) officer Andrea Rosal during her arrest is seeking the help of the Supreme Court.
Edward Dimalaluan Lanzanas aka Rafael De Guzman filed a petition with the SC on Friday to seek a reversal of a Court of Appeals (CA) ruling that junked her petition for a writ of habeas corpus on behalf of her son.
Lanzanas was the companion of Rosal when she was arrested last March 27.
Nimfa Lanzanas, in her petition against Imus Jail Warden Bernardino Camus, National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Director Virgilio Mendez, and NBI Anti-Organized Crime Division chief Atty Rommel Vallejo, said that the CA erred in junking her plea.
Lanzanas pointed out that Edward was arrested with Rosal even if his name was not included in the warrant of arrest for murder, and kidnapping with murder, issued by a Mauban, Quezon trial court.
The arresting officers claimed that Edward is a certain "Ka Jomel."
In her petition, Lanzanas said there was no basis to arrest Edward, and no basis for his continuing detention.
Lanzanas urged the high court to order respondents to present Edward before the court, and subsequently order his release from detention.
Dr. Masako is an Associate Professor for Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development in the Osaka University in Japan.
One of her concerns was how the Indigenous Peoples would be accommodated into the future Bangsamoro Government, and to which the MILF Chairman assured that all their rights would be well protected.
The visit of Dr. Masako was well appreciated by the MILF chieftain and he expressed the Front’s gratitude to the Japanese government and people for their continuing support to the Bangsamoro.
Also present during the courtesy call was Mohamad Nasif of the Office of Operation, Department of General Staff of MILF, who happens to be Teduray, one of the largest groups of Indigenous Peoples in the Bangsamoro.
Nasif also said that “if the Bangsamoro Government will take place, the IP’s concerns on their protection and rights will be promoted inside the core territory, and I am one of those people who will guarantee that this promise will be implemented.”
Earlier, Masako was also able to interview BTC Commissioner Timway Melanio Ulama and Datu Antonio Kinoc, a member of MILF Peace Panel. Both are members of the Indigenous Peoples and they said that the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is better than previous laws for IPs, such as IPRA (Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Act).
She expressed her sincere thanks to those who made possible her learning on the situation of Southern Philippines, particularly the Bangsamoro.