CA won't summon AFP, Army chiefs in Jonas probe

Posted at 04/18/12 3:09 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The Court of Appeals has rejected a motion to summon Armed Forces chief of staff Jessie Dellosa and Army chief Lt. Gen. Emmanuel Bautista to testify and present documents on their investigation into the disappearance of political activist Jonas Burgos.

The CA's Special Former Seventh Division agreed with Dellosa and Bautista that they are not competent to testify in the Burgos case since they have no knowledge or involvement in Burgos’ disappearance.

The appellate court also noted the documents requested by the Burgos camp “belong to the same category of confidential documents which the Supreme Court has reserved for its exclusive cognizance and appreciation.”

It said the motion failed to identify the documents and the persons who have custody of the documents they sought to be produced as required under Section 14 (c) of the Rule on the Writ of Amparo.

Burgos was abducted at Hapag Kainan restaurant, Ever Gotesco Mall, at Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City on April 28, 2007.