MANILA The Court of Appeals (CA) dismissed the habeas corpus petition filed by Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) officials who were ordered detained by the Senate for being moot.
In its resolution dated October 15, the appellate court's 6th Division dismissed and terminated the petition filed by BuCor Documents and Records chief Ramoncito Roque; Legal Division chief, lawyer Fredric Anthony E. Santos; and New Bilibid Prison (NBP) Hospital medical officer, Dr. Ursicio Cenas, who were ordered detained after being held in contempt in the course of the Senate's legislative inquiry on irregularities in the implementation of Republic Act 10592 or the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) Law.
"The instant petition is rendered moot and academic by the fact that the petitioners had been released and no longer in the custody of the respondents," the CA explained.
The ruling was signed by Associate Justices Ramon M. Bato Jr., Eduardo B. Peralta Jr., and Ruben Reynaldo G. Roxas.
The prison officials had filed the petition for habeas corpus on September 18 after they said they were arbitrarily cited in contempt and ordered arrested and detained at the Senate in orders dated September 12 issued by Senator Richard J. Gordon, chairman of the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights, and approved by Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III.
In a return filed before the Senate, sergeant at arms of the Senate, Maj. Gen. Rene C. Samonte Jr., informed the court that all the petitioners were already released on September 19 on orders of the Senate. (PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency