De Lima Supports Non-Separation of Morong 43 Mom, Newborn

“I’m also not comfortable about it,” De Lima admitted. “Why would he use the term ‘vehement’?” De Lima said, referring to Senson’s opposition to the motion for Oliveros’s temporary release. “Let’s just replace him,” De Lima told Arellano.

Days after the arrest of the Morong 43, it was Senson who subjected the Morong 43 to inquest proceedings without the presence of their lawyers.

Senson also questioned the mandate of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), then chaired by De Lima, to conduct investigations on allegations of human rights violations.
Senson was among the respondents to the complaint filed by the Morong 43 before the CHR. The state prosecutor even filed a motion of injunction against the CHR before the Court of Appeals (CA).

Status of the Case

The Supreme Court has yet to decide on the motion filed by the legal counsels of the Morong 43 against the Court of Appeals ‘ (CA) decision to junk the habeas corpus petition.

Capulong noted that the new solicitor general, then president of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Jose Anselmo Cadiz, sided with the landmark decisions of the Supreme Court in the past such as on Proclamation No. 1017, Executive Order No. 464, and the calibrated preemptive response policy (CPR).

“Our petition is meritorious,” Capulong said.

The Office of Solicitor General (OSG), together with the Judge Advocate General’s Office (JAGO), act as the counsel of the military in the Morong 43 case.

De Lima said she would ask the solicitor general to study thoroughly the case of the Morong 43. (

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