“Notably, none of the elements of the alleged importation of drugs into Indonesia took place in the Philippines. In fact, the Philippines as the sending country is where Veloso was illegally recruited in order to be trafficked or exploited in two other receiving states. Veloso is, thus, a victim, not a criminal who must be punished.”
Timeline | Attacks against Filipino lawyers, judges
The NUPL has recorded a total of 262 work-related attacks in the past 15 years, including that of 86 lawyers, judges and prosecutors. Five of whom were members of the NUPL.
Lawyers urge high court to act on appeal to protect officers of the court
The NUPL said that while the petition is pending, their members continue to face threats to life, liberty and security committed by the respondents, state agents, their proxies, enablers and supporters in different forms and platforms.
NUPL vows to continue lawyering for the people
“In short, we are attacked because we take on cases, clients and issues which many others cannot or will not take on.”
Conviction of 2 soldiers in murder of Negros activist proves state policy – groups
“It is a resounding and indubitable proof that extrajudicial killings had been committed by state security forces, in this instance by members of the military. The government cannot, with any credibility say that there are no extrajudicial killings much less its security forces are not engaging in such atrocious acts and more than that, that it is an orchestrated and premeditated policy and practice.”
Another peoples’ lawyer killed in Mindanao
Juan Macababbad handled several cases, particularly in defense of indigenous peoples and protection of the environment.
Lawyers, academe oppose presidential spox’s bid to UN body
Harry Roque is a “political partisan who has actively demonstrated contempt for the rule of law and, with specific relevance to the Commission, has undermined the supremacy of human rights and international law.”
Lawyer Rex Fernandez and his heart for the marginalized
“During our meetings, he told us of his experience in Carbon during his younger years as an activist. He would sleep at Carbon,” a vendor said in Cebuano. “His enthusiasm in helping us was clear to us because he was always early and the first to arrive during our meetings.”
Cebu-based lawyer ambushed, 57th killed under Duterte
Rex JMA Fernandez is the 57th in the list of lawyers and judges killed under the Duterte administration.
Truth-tagging? | Courts junk cases vs red-tagged activists, peace consultants
Ironically, cases against red-tagged individuals are being dismissed by government courts for lack of probable cause or because of insufficient evidence. Motions to quash search warrants were also granted by the courts, declaring whatever so-called evidence the police have acquired during the search as inadmissible.
Groups urge SC to act on attacks against rights lawyers and clients
“An urgent and decisive action from the Supreme Court is a matter of life and death for activists and human rights defenders especially now when we are being increasingly targeted in the government’s counterinsurgency and counterterror campaign for our work and causes.”