first_img“If respondents feel aggrieved withthe issuance, the proper remedy is to file a motion to quash either before thecourt that issued them or before the court where the cases are eventuallyfiled,” Hosaka told reporters on Sunday. “The Court Administrator was quick tonote that the Executive Judges of Manila and Quezon City are really authorizedto issue SWs (search warrants) which may be implemented nationwide in certaininstances and provided that the legal requirements are met,” Hosaka said. Under court rules, in determiningprobable cause in the issuance of a search warrant, a judge must be convincedof facts and circumstances that would lead a reasonable, discreet and prudentman to believe that there has been a crime committed and the things and objectsconnected to the crime committed are in the place to be searched.  For nine hours, Villavert reportedlypropounded the questions to deponents from Negros to ensure Constitutional requirementsfor the issuance of search warrants. Some 32 assorted firearms, threefragmentation grenades, two grenade launchers, and assorted ammunition werereportedly confiscated during the operations. Burgos-Villavert issued the warrantsearlier this week after an exhaustive interview with the applicants of thewarrants and their witnesses. BACOLOD City – The Supreme Court (SC) has defended the authority of aQuezon City judge in issuing seven search warrants against alleged frontorganizations of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army inBacolod and Escalante cities in Negros Occidental.center_img He said Chief Justice (Diosdado)Peralta immediately directed the Court Administrator to remind judges to bedeliberate, circumspect, and prudent with the issuances of warrants. Executive Judge CecilynBurgos-Villavert of Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 89 is “presumed tohave acted correctly and legally on the issuance of these search warrants,” SCspokesman Brian Keith Hosaka said on Monday. Hosaka made the statement reacting tothe petition of leftist groups led by Neri Colmenares asking the HighCourt to sanction a Quezon City judge who issued search warrants used by jointteams from the Philippine National Police and the Philippine Army in arresting57 suspected communist group members during a series of raids on theoffices of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan), Kilusang Mayo Uno, Anakpawis,Gabriela, and National Federation of Sugar Workers. Joint police and Army operativesconducted the raids in Bacolod City and Escalante City on Thursday and Friday,respectively. Militant groups, however, claimed thepieces of evidence were merely planted by government operatives during theraids. (With a report from PNA/PN)last_img

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