Upon receiving a petition from youth activists, the Baguio City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 3 has issued an order banning all units of the Police Regional Office Cordillera (PROCOR) from conducting any red-tagging activities.
RTC Judge Emmanuel Cacho Rasing ruled that the PROCOR “shall henceforth make no social media or tarpaulin postings, or public postings by any other means, branding/tagging herein petitioners and the organizations they belong to as stated in the petition, as communists-terrorists,” while the court reviews the youth activists’ petition.
Various youth groups from Baguio City filed the petition for a writ of amparo, citing “the imminent, real and present danger to their life, liberty and security brought about by relentless red-tagging directed against them”.
Upon granting of the petition, a protective order may also be issued for the activists.
PROCOR chief Brigadier General R’win Pagkalinawan has been directed to provide a response to the allegations within five days.
The move from progressive groups was prompted after the Cordillera branch of The College Editors Guild of the Philippines cited PROCOR’s rampant red-tagging over the past months.
In February, a resolution that aimed to resume the anti-drug operation “Oplan Tokhang” in the region, was signed by the Cordillera Regional Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee (RLECC).
Amidst wide-spread criticism however, the resolution was junked by the Regional Peace and Development Council.
Earlier in March, red-tagging activities led to the killing of nine activists in the Calabarzon region in simultaneous police raids, due to allegations of being New People’s Army supporters.