24 February 2006
Honorable Artemio V. Panganiban
The Chief Justice
Supreme Court of the Philippines
Dear Mr. Chief Justice,
We write on behalf of the FREE LEGAL ASSISTANCE GROUP [FLAG] to respectfully request Your Honor to issue a directive to all Executive Judges nationwide to keep the Courts open and functioning this weekend, for purposes of receiving and processing applications for bail.
Our request is based upon this afternoon’s arrest of at least thirty-five (35) persons, many of whom we represent, and the announcement by Palace officials of impending arrests, pursuant to Proclamation 1017. We are concerned that since Courts normally don’t function during weekends, our clients and others similarly situated may find themselves imprisoned for periods longer than those prescribed by law.
JOSE MANUEL I. DIOKNO