The Philippines: Legal luminaries hit ‘oust-Duterte’ matrix tagging NUPL

April 29, 2019

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Legal luminaries slammed Monday a government matrix linking the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers and some lawyers to an alleged plot to unseat President Rodrigo Duterte.

The track record of NUPL, an organization of pro bono human rights lawyers, “is beyond question,” said several prominent colleagues and the law schools of the University of the Philippines and Ateneo.

“The red tagging of NUPL is contrary to basic rules of evidence, due process and fair play,” read their statement of solidarity.

“Labeling, discrediting, threatening, and attacking lawyers are against the basic principles of lawyering, the State’s duty to protect them and the delivery of justice,” it added.

Among the statement’s signatories were several foreign lawyers, Adamson law dean Ada Abad, former University of the Philippines law dean Pacifico Agabin, De La Salle University College of Law founding dean Chel Diokno and former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay.

Aside from NUPL, those tagged in the matrix released by Malacañang last week were media organizations Vera Files, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism and Rappler, which have been critical of the administration.

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/04/29/19/legal-luminaries-hit-oust-duterte-matrix-tagging-nupl?fbclid=IwAR24EA-k38JqEKQwlwoliwy7_WfJL_a0XnkXj9NfibmNDvsnX7aKDOnx46o

Statement of Support and Solidarity with Lawyers of the People

We, lawyers and members of the legal profession, express grave concern over the heightening attacks against our brethren and peers in the Philippines.

In particular, we are disturbed by the labelling, accusations and threats against the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) and its members.

The red tagging of NUPL is contrary to basic rules of evidence, due process and fairplay.

Dissent and criticism are an exercise of democratic rights.
Political harassment undermines the rule of law and substitutes it with the law of rulers.

We have known, worked with, or journeyed with the brave and dedicated NUPL pro bono human rights lawyers. Their track record of character, competence, and courage is beyond question.

Their passion and the advocacies they pursue against all odds give their poor, persecuted and powerless clientele hope.

Labelling, discrediting, threatening, and attacking lawyers are against the basic principles of lawyering, the State’s duty to protect them and the delivery of justice.

More importantly, these attacks
beg the fundamental question of whether there are valid reasons to dissent, criticize and advocate change and how to address them for the people’s benefit.

We stand in solidarity with our fellow lawyers irrespective of the clients they professionally represent and the public interest advocacies they pursue.

We support the cases and actions to defend NUPL and all lawyers under attack because of the exercise of their profession and the performance of their duties.

We shall also cooperate and collaborate in all fora to hold accountable those responsible for these attacks.

An attack on any of us is an attack on all of us. #

Signatories as of
29 Apr 2019, 3pm

Ada Abad (Philippines)
Dean, Adamson College of Law

Pacifico Agabin (Philippines)
Professor, UP Law

Jose Luis Agcaoili (Philippines)
Agcaoili and Associates

June Ambrosio (Philippines)
National Director,
National Center for Legal Aid
Integrated Bar of the Philippines

Domingo Anonuevo (Philippines)
Free Legal Assistance Group

Rafael Aquino (Philippines)
Partner, SPASLAW

Plutarco Bawagan Jr. (Philippines)
UP Law Batch 1987

Purificacion Bartolome-Bernabe
(Philippines)
President, International Pro Bono Alliance

Niloufer Bhagwat (India)
Vice President,
Confederation of Lawyers in Asia Pacific

Gill Boehringer (Australia)
International Association of People’s Lawyers

Max Boqwana (South Africa)
National Association of Democratic Lawyers

Bill Bowring (UK)
President, European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and World Human Rights

Pura Ferrer-Calleja (Philippines)
Free Legal Assistance Group

Joke Callewart (Belgium)
Progress Lawyers Network

Arnel Paciano Casanova (Philippines)
Lecturer, UP Law

Md. Hasan Tarique Chowdhury (Bangladesh)
Democratic Lawyers Association of Bangladesh

Marjorie Cohn (US)
Professor Emerita,
Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Norma Jullien Cravotta (France)
Lawyer at the Paris Bar

Amor Datinguinoo (Philippines)
Integrated Bar of the Philippines-Makati

Gail Davidson (Canada)
Executive Director,
Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada

Jose Manuel Diokno (Philippines)

Evelyn Duermayer (Austria)
International Association of Democratic Lawyers

Elena Esposito (Italian)
Giuristi Democratici

Jan Fermon (Belgium)
Secretary General,
International Association of Democratic Lawyers

Ricardo Fernandez Jr. (Philippines)
Movement of Attorneys for Brotherhood, Integrity and Nationalism

Russell Fraser (UK)
Chair, Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers

Johannes Karel Gaasbeek (Netherlands)
Day of Endangered Lawyers Foundation

Symone Gaasbeek (Netherlands)
Gaasbeek and Gaasbeek Lawyers

Muhammad Masaud Ghani (Pakistan)
Democratic Lawyers Association of Pakistan

Caridad Gonzales (Philippines)
Ateneo Law Class 1989

Dennis Gorecho (Philippines)
Alumni, UP Law

Krish Govender (South Africa)
National Association of Democratic Lawyers

David Israel Díaz Hernández (Honduras)
Human Rights Defenders Alliance

Florin Hilbay (Philippines)
Former Solicitor General

Lennox Hinds (US)
Professor Emeritus,
Rutgers University

Hajime Inoue (Japan)
Japanese Lawyers for International Solidarity

Charlotte Kates (US)
National Lawyers Guild

Jang Kyunguk (South Korea)
Minbyun Lawyers for a Democratic Society

Antonio Gabriel La Viña (Philippines)
Professor of Law, Governance, and Philosophy

Nelson Loyola (Philippines)
Nelson Loyola Law Office

Beth Lyons (US)
Alternate Delegate to U.N.,
International Association of Democratic Lawyers

Ernesto Maceda Jr. (Philippines)
Former Dean,
College of Law, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila

Fabio Marcelli (Italy)
Italian Democratic Lawyers

Felix Marinas Jr. (Philippines)
Free Legal Assistance Group

Jeanne Mirer (US)
President,
International Association of Democratic Lawyers

Luis Carlos Moro (Brazil)
American Association of Jurists

Sabah Al-Mukhtar (Iraq)
President,
Arab Lawyers Association

Osamu Niikura (Japan)
Professor Emeritus,
Aoyama Gakuin University

Mvuso Notyesi (South Africa)
National Association of Democratic Lawyers

Virgilio Ocaya (Philippines)
Free Legal Assistance Group

Carlos Orjuela (UK)
Joint International Secretary,
Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers

Angel Reñon Orozco (Philippines)
Orozco Law Office

Alexander Padilla (Philippines)
Free Legal Assistance Group

Ties Prakken (Netherlands)
Professor, Maastricht University

Roberto Rafael Pulido (Philippines)
Convenor, Manananggol Laban sa EJK

Yiannis Rachiotis (Greece)
Hellenic Union of Progressive Lawyers

Vanessa Ramos (Puerto Rico)
Asociación Americana de Juristas

Emiluz E. Pascasio-Reyes (Philippines)
Reyes & Teodoro Law Offices

Stuart Russell (France)
International Association of People’s Lawyers

Rene Saguisag (Philippines)
Movement of Attorneys for Brotherhood, Integrity and Nationalism

Arno Sanidad (Philippines)
Free Legal Assistance Group

Pablito Sanidad (Philippines)
Free Legal Assistance Group

Micòl Savia (Italy)
Permanent Representative to the U.N. in Geneva,
International Association of Democratic Lawyers

Thomas Schmidt (Germany)
Secretary General,
European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and World Human Rights

Azadeh Shahshahani (US)
Legal & Advocacy Director, Project South

Ghanendra Shrestha (Nepal)
Progressive Peoples Lawyers Association (PPLA)

Filibon Tacardon (Philippines)
Former Vice President,
IBP Quezon City Chapter

Lorenzo Tanada III
Free Legal Assistance Group

Amado Danilo Tayag (Philippines)
Alumni, UP Law

Theodore Te (Philippines)
Free Legal Assistance Group

Evalyn Ursua (Philippines)
Women’s Initiatives for Socio-Cultural and Economic Rights

Serife Ceren Uysal (Turkey)
Progressive Lawyers Association

Pilita Venturanza (Philippines)
IBP Oriental Mindoro

Susan Villanueva (Philippines)
Professor, UP College of Law

Gregorio Tanaka Viterbo Jr. (Philippines)
Chair,
Free Legal Assistance Group-
Metro Manila

(National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers Facebook, 29/04/19)

https://news.mb.com.ph/2019/04/05/afp-official-unmasks-cpp-fronts-networks/

https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1066679http://ptvnews.ph/reds-linked-orgs-dared-to-seek-justice-for-victims-of-npa-killings/

https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1068160

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Foreign, local lawyers denounce heightening attacks vs NUPL

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