Guazon v de Villa; G.R. No. 80508; 30 Jan 1990; 181 SCRA 615

FACTS:
The military and police conducted a series of saturation drives or areal target zoning intended to flush out subversives and criminal elements. Petitioners alleged that these activities were conducted without any search warrant or warrant of arrest.

ISSUE(S):
Whether or not the saturation drives are illegal.

RULING:
NO. The Constitution grants to Government the power to seek and cripple subversive movements which would bring down constituted authority and substitute a regime where individual liberties are suppressed as a matter of policy in the name of security of the State. However, all police actions are governed by the limitations of the Bill of Rights.

Petition is REMANDED to the trial court where petitioner may present evidence supporting their allegations and where specific erring parties may be pinpointed and prosecuted.

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