MANILA, (PNA) — The Manila Regional Trial Court Friday extended the temporary restraining order against the implementation of the reassignment in the ranks of Customs Collectors at the Bureau of Customs.
In a six-page order signed by Manila RTC Branch 17 Presiding Judge Felicitas Laron-Cacanindin, the court approved to extend for 17 more days the TRO against the assailed Customs Personnel Order transferring the petitioners from their present post to the Customs Policy Research Office which is directly under the Department of Finance.
The new court order is effective until Oct. 21, 2013.
However, the RTC clarified that the TRO will have no effect on the petition seeking the issuance of a writ of preliminary injunction against the reassignment of 15 Customs Collectors as well as the findings or resolution of the court in the merit of the case.
Likewise, the RTC set a hearing on Oct. 18, 2013 at 9 a.m. to tackle whether it is justifiable to issue a writ of preliminary injunction.
Manila RTC Executive Judge Marino Dela Cruz earlier issued the 72-hour TRO after he was convinced that there was an “urgency” to protect the 15 Customs Collectors who are in danger of suffering grave injustice.