Adonis lawyers, NUJP files petition for writ of habeas corpus today

May 30, 2008

A petition for writ of habeas corpus will be filed at 11:30 am today, May 30, at the Supreme Court by Atty. Harry Roque and Atty. Rommel Bagares in behalf of Alexander Adonis, the Davao journalist currently detained in the Davao Penal Colony (Dapecol) despite posting a P5,000 bail early this week.

The petition is co-signed by the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines and the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR).

The Dapecol warden, Supt. Benjo Tesoro, refused to release Adonis citing that there is still no order from “higher correctional authorities” for his release.  The Dapecol is under the Bureau of Corrections headed by Dir. Oscar Calderon and is a line agency under the Department of Justice.

NUJP has already called on DOJ Sec. Raul Gonzales to act on the immediate release of Adonis. As of this time, no reply has come from the justice department.

We invite you to please cover the event and support the call for Adonis immediate release.

For more details, please contact Mr. Angel Ayala (09208816375) or Karen Papellero (09163658510).

IFJ-NUJP Media Safety Office

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