The Philippines: NUPL to pursue legal action over inclusion in supposed ouster ‘matrix’

May 7, 2019

(In this photo, presidential spokesperon Salvador Panelo holds up supposed proof of journalists and pro bono lawyers conspiring against President Rodrigo Duterte.)

The National Union of People’s Lawyers, whose members were included in a diagram of journalists and lawyers allegedly involved in a plot to oust the president, will file charges over the allegation.

Speaking at a forum at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, NUPL secretary general Ephraim Cortez said the group will not file libel cases because these curtail the freedom of expression, but that charges “will definitely” be filed against government officials involved. He said complaints will also be filed over a newspaper report “exposing” the supposed plot.

Cortez raised that the Philippine National Police had announced an investigation into the supposed plot even before checking whether the “matrix” had basis.

“If evidence so warrants there can always be cases filed against them,” Police Gen. Oscar Albayalde, PNP chief, said on April 23 as he announced the national police would conduct the investigation on its own initiative.

NUPL had previously raised the “matrix” issue before the Supreme Court, saying it bolstered its petition for a protection order against alleged government harassment.

“These malicious statements and dangerous claims, as well as the contrived ‘matrix’ above, baseless and reckless as they are, compel the Petitioners to again seek at this time for the Honorable Court’s protection and reiterate their prayer for a temporary protection order,” it said in its manifestation on April 25.

The Supreme Court announced last Friday that it had issued a writ of amparo and habeas data in favor of NUPL.

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/05/07/1915891/nupl-pursue-legal-action-over-inclusion-supposed-ouster-matrix?fbclid=IwAR3quNjzUbV3E1NDD54RyQXmvLhlRGb9nCaWjfYeK6TjMGMI-nvy2O8o8A8

http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2019/5/7/NUPL-eyes-charges-Oust-Duterte-matrix-.html?fbclid=IwAR2_3iMxzy_kcVwLPwRsmuUOpzmtxizH4X4JyDXcMk5W2b5cE9i1ufawyu0#.XNJuTZ-gAkk.facebook

https://www.rappler.com/move-ph/229980-groups-hit-pattern-attacks-against-democratic-institutions-this-is-the-matrix-forum

https://www.ucanews.com/news/religious-rights-groups-fight-red-tagging-in-philippines/85131

https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1804663/Manila/Local-News/Expanded-matrix-links-LP-Magdalo-to-Bikoy?rss=1

Journalists linked to ‘Oust Duterte’ matrix vow to ‘never go down’ 

https://www.rappler.com/nation/229986-malacanang-releases-new-diagrams-conspiracy-discredit-duterte-may-8-2019

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/693723/palace-claims-plot-by-lp-magdalo-media-outlets-to-discredit-duterte/story/

https://www.rappler.com/nation/229733-duterte-explain-supreme-court-writ-amparo-kalikasan?fbclid=IwAR0xD8tQMFb1fZ2i1uNwJHC3UECpCTo-y0pfQtNWpGmKX8Fzg01EyfsHzFQ

3 more groups seek writs of amparo

Plotters also out to assassinate Duterte, warns supporter

https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1069180

In Defence of Justice: End Impunity | Event

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/statement-report/joint-statement-stop-attacks-against-human-rights-defenders-and-protect-civic-space?fbclid=IwAR0UcQnu_B6b6lYLzJnXmuZT-DWGHhRjx2nyjTuYQ2YoNBa9cF_IQYEYZVg

Lawyers and lawlessness

https://www.rappler.com/nation/230065-duterte-government-says-human-rights-lawyers-do-not-need-sc-protection-order

Open season

https://www.philstar.com/nation/2019/05/10/1916547/zamboanga-norte-judge-killed

https://nupl.net/

https://news.abs-cbn.com/video/news/05/08/19/mga-naglabas-ng-oust-duterte-matrix-balak-kasuhan (TAGALOG)

 

 

 

 

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