SC Bans Police Surveillance of Alleged NPA Member’s Family

The Supreme Court has banned the Philippine National Police from surveilling the family of an alleged communist rebel who was killed in Antique province in 2018.

The court issued a permanent protection order in favor of Vivian Sanchez and her two children and reminded the police officers who surveilled them to uphold citizens’ rights.

Sanchez is the estranged wife of Eldie Labinghisa, who was among the seven alleged members of the New People’s Army gunned down by the police in Barangay Atabay in San Jose, Antique.

She said she was initially unable to identify her husband’s body at a funeral home out of fear of officers who took photos of her without her consent and threatened to arrest and charge her. She said she was still tailed even after confirming the cadaver was her husband’s.

Her 15-year-old daughter confirmed that a patrol car frequently drove by their house, the court said.

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