THE three officials of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) who were cited in contempt by the powerful Senate Blue Ribbon Committee questioned the legality of their arrest before the Court of Appeals (CA).
In a petition for habeas corpus, BuCor legal chief Frederic Anthony Santos, records division head Ramoncito Roque, and Ursicio Cenas, medical officer at the New Bilibid Prison, asked the CA to declare their arrest and detention as unlawful.
They stressed the Senate committee’s order citing them in contempt failed to specify the exact false testimony they were accused of committing.
“Petitioners were never informed of the charges against them, hence, they were not given the opportunity to explain or be heard,” read the petition.
The three were detained in rooms at the Office of the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms, located at the basement of the Senate building. The Blue Ribbon Committee is probing alleged irregularities inside the New Bilibid Prison.
Committee chairman Sen. Richard Gordon said the three will remain in detention until they satisfactorily answer the questions of senators.