Monitoring Committee on Attacks on Lawyers, International Association of People’s Lawyers
Prof. Gill H. Boehringer, Hon. Senior Research Fellow,
Macquarie University Law School, Sydney, Australia;
Co-Chair, Monitoring Committee on Attacks Against Lawyers,
International Association of People’s Lawyers
Our Report expands and develops the recent Submission we made to the Supreme Court on “Patterns in the killing of Lawyers: the Case of Attorney Rex Fernandez” (September 8, 2021). Here we provide results of our research on Judges and Prosecutors.
While I am the author of this Report the research has been a joint exercise by the Committee, co-chaired by Prof. Stuart Russell, formerly a colleague at Macquarie University Law School and an Administrative Tribunal Judge in Sydney, Australia.
In Part A, we provide empirical details on the attacks on Attorneys, Judges and Prosecutors. and paralegals. We include survivors as well as those killed. This is the historical and contemporary material that can aid in constructing the Defence and Protection policies needed urgently.
The increasing onslaught against the legal system represented by the attacks on its sentinels must be seen as a constant threat to the rule of law and democracy in the Philippines over the last 20 years, now more than ever. These attacks on legal professionals and paralegals working to support their efforts to provide justice, is an historical legacy of the failure of governments under the Presidencies of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Benigno Aquino III and Rodrigo Duterte, to act with any seriousness to see that the defence and protection of those being targeted is given the attention required.
It is therefore gratifying that the Supreme Court is now providing leadership in recognizing those failures and taking action to rectify them.
PART A ATTACKS ON LAWYERS: 2001-2021
We provide below material on all the attacks our Committee has recorded from 2001 to mid September, 2021. It illustrates the size and tenacity of the problem, as well as the increasing rate of attacks with impunity under the government of President Duterte.