“The Pope is here. Mercy and compassion, not cruelty and hypocrisy should infect us all, especially the high and mighty.”
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In a “historic undertaking,” legal luminaries, peoples’ lawyers, judiciary employees and law students raised a joint objection to the Aquino administration’s attack on judicial independence.
Republic Act No. 9745 or the Anti-Torture Act of 2009, signed into law under then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, but the way the government has been handling cases filed under the said law lends truth to the legal maxim “Justice delayed is justice denied.”
On top of Kapunan being out on bail, and only two of the accused in custody, “some of the perpetrators of the beastly torture and cold-blooded murders are still at large, and some of the widely-perceived masterminds are even also implicated in other past shenanigans and present anomalies including the Pork Barrel scam.” – Edre Olalia, National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers
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“Special treatment in jails for the moneyed and powerful – politicians, businessmen, drug lords, errant military & police officers– will always be a casus belli for the underdog because it questions if all are indeed equal before the law or is this really just another legal fiction by the unremouldable maleficent in our society?” – National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers
Asked why the Aquino government does not want to ratify the law, human rights lawyer Edre Olalia said that probably one of the reasons why the government is hesitant to ratify the convention is that once it does, it would be incumbent upon it to allow visits of special rapporteurs in the country.
“The fight for the people is a fight for justice and the fight for justice is always right, a fight that is not only right but also righteous. And any fight for righteousness, however long, will always end in victory.”
Lt. Col. Romeo Brawner of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Public Information Office is hoodwinking the public when he says that AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Victor Ibrado is ordering the transfer of the 43 health workers collectively known as the Morong 43 to a Philippine National Police (PNP) facility, even as they have supposedly communicated their desire to remain at the military’s Camp Capinpin in Tanay, Rizal, where they are now detained. He is trying to make the AFP and its chief of staff appear more magnanimous than they actually are.
Despite public statements from Arroyo denouncing extrajudicial killings, there is a gap between her rhetoric and what it has done to address the killings, said the group from the Netherlands and Belgium called Lawyers for Lawyers. Whatever initiatives she has implemented have failed to produce actual results, it said.
BY BULATLAT The International Verification and Fact-Finding Mission (IVFFM) on Attacks against Filipino Lawyers and Judges will begin tomorrow, November 4. Judges and lawyers from the Dutch Lawyers for Lawyers Foundation (L4L) will conduct an eight-day follow-up verification and fact finding mission in Manila and Mindanao regarding cases of harassment and killing of lawyers and…
BY Bulatlat.com August 13, 2008 – 6:16 p.m. A group of lawyers slammed President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s proposal for a ‘surgical amendment’ of the Constitution, saying that the proposed constituent assembly can overhaul the entire Constitution at its discretion. In a statement, the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) said, “Arroyo’s deception is further exposed by…