Mocha Uson is one again at the cross-hairs of her critics, this time from the human rights group “Karapatan”.
Mocha earned the ire of the human rights group “Karapatan” for interviewing the jailed retired General Jovito Palparan.
In a blog post dated August 23, 2019, the human rights group, Cristina Palabay condemned the Mocha interview in the strongest terms and read:
“In the strongest terms, we condemn this recent incident involving Palparan. We deplore this government’s whitewashing of crimes by convicted butchers. We will continue to stand with the families of Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeno, as we remain steadfast and vigilant in any and all attempts from criminals like Palparan – and their supporters like Uson – to evade accountability.”
In the same blog post, Palabay accused Mocha of using the Palparan case either to ingratiate herself once again to the Duterte government or for media mileage.
Did Mocha Uson violate any law for interviewing Palparan?
DDS lawyer Trixie Cruz-Angeles said, “No.”
Angeles said even Karapatan did not cite a law that says so.
She cited the case of Trillanes v. Judge Pimentel, G.R. No. 179817 June 27, 2008 wherein the detained Senator Trillanes filed a motion questioning why his motion to attend senate hearing or grant interviews were denied.
According to Angeles, the Supreme Court did not say anything against Trillanes granting interviews.
Angeles remarked that as of this writing, Warden or Director General of Bureau of Corrections has the discretion to grant or not a request for interview of a convicted criminal under its jurisdiction.
You may read Trixie Cruz-Angeles full FB post below.
Dahil na interview ni MOCHA USON BLOG si dating MGen Jovito Palparan, nag issue ang Karapatan ng statement na di daw dapat ginawa ni Mocha yun.
Ang mga dahilan ng Karapatan:
1. Di daw ayon sa procedure ng batas
2. Sumisipsip si Mocha sa administrasyon
3. Ginagawang acceptable ni Mocha ang posibilidad na lumaya si Palparan.
Diskus lang natin muna dito ang batas.
Walang na cite ang Karapatan ng anuman batas o rule tunkol dito sa media interviews. Ito ay dahil wala sa rules ang media interviews. Kadalasan nasa discretion iyan ng BuCor or BJMP.
Hindi nila siguro na consider yung kasong Trillanes v. Judge Pimentel, G.R. No. 179817 June 27, 2008. Inakyat sa pinakamataas na hukuman ni dating Sen. Antonio Trillanes ang dineny na request niyang maka punta sa senado para gawin ang kanyang tunkulin bilang lehislador. Hingi rin niya ang payagan siyang ma interview.
Hindi ininda ng hukuman ang isyu ng media interviews. Kaya sa ngayon ang mga interviews ay unang una nasa discretion ng Warden or Director General ng Bureau of Corrections. Maaari rin naman sa hukuman, pero as mentioned, walang hard and fast rule.
Kung walang rules, ano ang nilabag ni Mocha?
Source: trixie cruz-angeles