By Perfecto T. Raymundo
MANILA, Oct. 30 — The family of a security guard, who was allegedly mistaken as an official of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), on Tuesday sought the help of the Supreme Court (SC).
Marites Chioco, live-in partner of Rolly Mira Panesa, and Jose Panesa, brother of Rolly, told the SC that he (Rolly) was arrested by elements of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) after he was mistaken as an official of the CPP.
In a petition for writ of habeas corpus, through their counsels Karapatan and the National Union of Peoples' Lawyer (NUPL), Maritess Chioco and Jose Panesa argued that Rolly Mira Panesa is not Benjamin Mendoza, who is the secretary of the CPP in Southern Luzon.
Rolly Panesa was arrested last October 5 by operatives of the PNP and the 2nd Division of the Philippine Army along Aurora Boulevard, Quezon City as he was allegedly Benjamin Mendoza, who is wanted and with a reward money of P5.6 million for his head for rebellion and frustrated murder charges.
Chioco further argued that the continued detention in Camp Bagong Diwa, in Taguig City of her live-in partner Rolly Panesa, is violative of his constitutional rights as he did not know the reason for his arrest and that he was not provided a lawyer of his own.
Named respondents in the case are Police Region IV director Chief Supt. James Melad, Sr. Supt. Manuel Abu, chief of the Region IV Intelligence Office, Inspector Bernardino Edgar Camus, jail warden of Camp Bagong Diwa, Maj. Gen. Alan Luga, commanding general of the AFP Southern Luzon Command and Maj. Gen. Eduardo Del Rosario, commanding general of the 2nd Infantry Division of the Philippine Army. (PNA)