The Philippines: Red-tagging NUPL places lawyers, judges in more danger

April 5, 2019

Members of the legal profession could be in more danger due to an Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) official’s claim that the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) had alleged links with communist rebels.

“Such reckless claims, on top of the public labeling and vilification of our members, has put the judges, prosecutors, public defenders, law professors, gov’t lawyers, law students and paralegals who belong to our voluntary pro bono organization in even more danger,” NUPL President Edre Olalia said in a statement on Friday.

Olalia’s statement was issued after AFP deputy chief of staff for civil-military operations Brig. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr. accused the NUPL and other local organizations of having links with Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People’s Army (NPA).

The NUPL President said Parlade “crossed the line way too far” and that the allegation was “baseless” and “does not legally hold water at all.”

Olalia even warned the AFP official that members of the NUPL will face him in court to question the credibility behind the allegation.

“Absent any credible, competent and admissible evidence to even remotely give a semblance of veracity to this unabashedly fascist claim, we shall hale you to court. And you better match our best lawyers money cannot buy with your best lawyers money can buy,” Olalia’s statement read.

NUPL records show that from September 2016 to November 2018, a total of 24 lawyers have been killed, 15 of which are still unresolved.

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1103754/red-tagging-nupl-places-lawyers-judges-in-more-danger

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/690428/insinuation-that-nupl-is-tied-to-cpp-npa-puts-lawyers-judges-in-danger-olalia/story/?fbclid=IwAR3fF3z9Knz_m562tA3c36jdUuNV0fteotETmKPq05rP6MCpojJ2MwDWksE

http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1066679

https://www.bulatlat.com/2019/04/07/international-lawyers-group-slams-red-baiting-of-nupl/

https://www.fightbacknews.org/2019/4/7/ilps-condemns-duterte-slander-and-intimidation

http://davaotoday.com/main/politics/red-tagging-of-nupl-and-other-groups-legally-punishable/

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/04/05/19/icc-receives-another-communication-on-dutertes-drug-war

https://www.ucanews.com/news/duterte-threatens-to-arrest-all-his-critics/84902

https://www.manilatimes.net/funding-reds-may-turn-into-transnational-crime/536093/

https://nupl.net/

Image may contain: text

Tagged: , ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: