Political cases junked
Consecutive legal victories were achieved by activists and political prisoners in the past weeks.
The Bangued Regional Trial Court Branch 2 quashed the warrant of arrrest issued against the so called “Northern Luzon 7” on May 11. The court said that the seven were not named by the “survivors” of an ambush by the people’s army on October 2022 at Sitio Kutop, Barangay Gacab, Malibcong, Abra.
The seven are composed of activists and progressives Jennifer Awingan, Sarah Abellon-Alikes, Stephen Tauli, Windel Bolinget, Lucia Lourdes Gimenes, Nino Joseph Oconer, and Florence Kang.
On May 12, a Muntinlupa City court acquitted former senator Leila de Lima of her second drug case. The case’s primary witness Rafael Ragos recanted his allegations in 2022 and said he was merely forced to lie.