Andrea Rosal's arrested companion Edward Lazanas, who maintains his arrest is illegal, today filed a petition for certiorari at the Supreme Court.
"The arrest of Edward Lanzanas is illegal and the charges against him are utterly false, just like the case of Andrea Rosal," Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay said as Lanzanas' mother, Nimfa Dimalaluan Lanzanas filed the petition at the SC. Lazanas’ mother was assisted by the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) through Atty. Rey Cortez.
Lanzanas is Rosal's companion when she was arrested on March 27, 2014 in Caloocan City. The two were nabbed by the agents of the National Bureau of Investigation using warrants for murder and kidnapping with murder charges, both of which did not contain Lanzanas' name.
"The arresting officers made it appear that the alias 'Ka Jomel,' which is included as among the accused in Criminal Case Nos. 11-3248 to 11-3249, is the alleged pseudonym of EDWARD without any evidentiary basis at all," the petition said.
On April 14, Lanzanas, through his counsel, filed petition for writ of habeas corpus at the Court of Appeals but was immediately dismissed the following day. The motion for reconsideration was also dismissed on May 14.
"Lanzanas and Rosal are illegally detained for five months now at Special Intensive Care Area of Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City. Each day of their detention is continuing injustice to them and to their families. They should be immediately released," Palabay said.
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