More lawyers were killed during Duterte’s tenure than under previous presidents, said the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL).
According to a report released Monday, over 50 lawyers were killed under the Duterte administration.
The attack on lawyers increased from one death during President Joseph Estrada’s term to 21 during President Benigno Aquino III’s term and 45 during President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s term.
In the time of President Ferdinand Marcos and President Corazon Aquino, only four lawyers were attacked, while none during the presidency of Fidel Ramos.
In a span of 10 years between 2011 and 2021, NUPL recorded 176 attacks with 73 deaths.
From the 73 killings, exactly 54 happened during the Duterte administration, NUPL said.
“Since he began his term, there has been an average of 11 killings per year or almost one per month. Most of these killings appear to be unresolved to date,” the report stated.
The year with the most lawyers killed was 2018, with 16 deaths. Two judges and two prosecutors were also killed.
The biggest chunk of the attacks in 10 years, or 53 percent, was human rights-related. This means that these lawyers handled unionists, activists, political prisoners. Most of these lawyers were advocates, and most belong to organizations such as NUPL, Free Legal Assistance Group, and Public Interest Law Center.