Subject: Rights lawyers welcome dismissal of false charges against Andrea Rosal
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:41:30 +0800
From: National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
July 10, 2014
Rights lawyers welcome dismissal of false charges against Andrea Rosal
Pasig Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 266 dismissed yesterday kidnapping with murder charge against alleged NPA leader Andrea Rosal, saying no evidence to link her to 2007 case.
With measured vindication, we welcome and are pleased with the dismissal of the kidnapping charges pending in the Pasig court against Andrea Rosal even as we await the same resolution for dismissal of murder charges in a Mauban, Quezon court.
How tragic to have Andrea arrested, detained and have lost a baby daughter over false, trumped up and malicious charges which the Pasig correctly court struck down with prejudice.
In righteous indignation, we will continue to assist her in thwarting her persecution and all others similarly victimized as we exhaust all legal means to seek accountability from all those who perpetuate rank injustice especially against the lowly and the underdog.
Ephraim B. Cortez
Assistant Secretary General for Legal Services
Assistant Secretary General for Campaigns
National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL)
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