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The Philippines: Lawyer killed, wife wounded in Negros Oriental ambush

July 23, 2019

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A lawyer was killed while his wife was wounded after they were ambushed by two men onboard a motorcycle in Sitio Looc, Barangay Poblacion, Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental, past 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23.

Lawyer Anthony Trinidad, 53, was driving his white Sports Utility Vehicle, Subaro, when the assailants who on a motorcycle suddenly drove by him, said Lieutenant Col. Bonifacio Tecson, chief of the Guihulngan Police Station.

The back rider, he said, then drew a pistol and shot Trinidad and his wife Novie Marie.

Trinidad lost control of the vehicle and accidentally bumped a trisikad which injured the driver.

The victims were rushed to the Guihulngan District Hospital but Trinidad was declared dead on arrival by the attending physician.

Lawyer killed, wife wounded in Negros Oriental ambush




NUPL joins #SONA2019, bringing calls to stop malicious and baseless red-tagging against its ranks, exact accountability for attacks against human rights defenders, and unite for the defense of Philippine sovereignty, with stronger and deeper commitment to fight for rights and rule of justice.

(National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers Facebook, 22/07/19)

The Philippines: Guevarra re-opens probe into 2006 slay of Bayan Muna lawyer

July 20, 2019

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has created a special investigating team (SIT) to re-open the investigation into the 2006 killing of former Sorsogon provincial board member and Bayan Muna lawyer Gil Gojol.

Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra announces during a press briefing in Malacañang that the matter concerning the closure of the resorts in Boracay is currently one of the top priorities that are being discussed by the cabinet citing that it would not only concern the environmental aspect of the issue but the economic impact as well. (TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

Department of Justice (DOJ) spokesman Undersecretary Markk Perete explained Guevarra created the SIT as head of the Inter-Agency Committee on Extra-Judicial Killings, Enforced Disappearances, Torture and Other Grave Violations of the Right of Life, Liberty and Security of Persons which was formed back in 2012 under Administrative Order (AO) No. 35 issued by then President Benigno Aquino III.

“Upon the recommendation of the AO 35 Inter-Agency Committee, Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra has ordered the creation of a Special Investigating Team (SIT) to reinvestigate the killing of Bayan Muna lawyer Atty. Gil Gojol and his driver Danilo M. France,” said Department of Justice (DOJ) spokesman Undersecretary Markk Perete.

Gojol and France were killed by two motorcycle-riding gunmen in Sorsogon City on December 2006.

At that time, he had just attended a hearing before the Regional Trial Court Branch 54 in Gubat, Sorsogon when they got ambushed.

Guevarra re-opens probe into 2006 slay of Bayan Muna lawyer 

DOJ forms team to conduct new probe of lawyer’s 2006 slay

NDFP condemns murder of human rights lawyer Gil Gojol and his driver Danilo France




‘Drug war helped Duterte suppress opposition’

Philippine politician shrugs off death of girl, three, after she was gunned down by cops


CIDG’s sedition complaint designed to ‘intimidate, harass’ lawyers – FLAG

Iran/The Philippines/China/Nigeria: LSO expresses concern over global human rights violations

July 16, 2019

Organization has issued statements condemning violations of legal professionals’ human rights

LSO expresses concern over global human rights violations

The Law Society of Ontario has expressed “grave concerns” regarding human rights violations against members of the legal profession across the globe.

“Lawyers should be able to exercise their legitimate duties without fear for their lives, for their liberty or for their security. The Law Society of Ontario urges all governments to comply with international human rights laws, including the United Nations’ Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers,” the society said in a statement.

The law society’s Human Rights Monitoring Group have issued public statements regarding the following lawyers:

  • Jiang Tianyong in China, who is being subjected to surveillance and restrictions on freedom of movement after his release from prison for “incitement to subvert state power.”
  • Nasrin Sotoudeh in Iran, who was convicted on seven charges, and sentenced to 33 years in prison and 148 lashes. According to credible reports, the charges stem solely from her human rights work and for having spoken out against the death penalty in Iran.





https://lso.ca/nouvelles-et-evenements/nouvelles/2019/le-barreau-est-tres-preoccupe-par-les-violations-des-droits-de-la-personne-a-l%E2%80%99encontre-de-membres-d (FRANCAIS)




The Philippines: Court of Appeals denies NUPL request for temporary protection order

July 17, 2019


The Court of Appeals (CA) has denied the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers’ request for a temporary protection order (TPO) that would have prohibited military officials from threatening and harassing its members.

In a July 11 resolution, the Special 15th Division denied the NUPL’s application for the issuance of a TPO on three grounds, even as the union’s petition for the issuance of a writ of amparo remains pending before the appeals court.

The NUPL had sought a TPO that would prohibit the respondent military officials from threatening to violate or violating its members’ right to life, liberty and security.

It alleged its member-lawyers have been wrongfully accused of links to communist rebels, experienced heavy surveillance, harassment, threats, and that some have been killed and falsely charged of crimes.

However, the CA said the Supreme Court has already issued a writ of amparo in favor of the NUPL. “There is no need to issue a TPO independently of the former,” the CA ruled.

The court said the writ of amparo may serve to “prevent a threat from becoming an actual violation against the aggrieved party.”

“The remedy of the writ of amparo includes in its coverage even threatened violations of the aggrieved party’s right to life, liberty, or security,” the CA said.

“Even threat and intimidation that vitiate the free will, albeit not involving any invasion of bodily integrity, may constitute a violation of the right to security in the sense of ‘freedom from threat,'” it added.

The CA also found that the NUPL failed to submit a list of individual NUPL members that would have benefited from the protection order and to identify a person or institution capable of providing the protection they sought.


CA denies NUPL’s plea for protection from so-called military harassment




Court of Appeals denies NUPL bid for protection

CA turns down NUPL’s plea for temporary protection order




17 July 2019

Solicited reaction upon media request on the denial of NUPL’s prayer for Temporary Protection Order (TPO) by the Philippine Court of Appeals (CA);

With due respect, we regret that the CA did not at this point see the necessity and applicability of giving us the Temporary Protection Order which is an ancillary remedy to the privilege of the writ of amparo.

To our understanding, what the Supreme Court (SC) earlier granted was only the writ and not yet the privilege of the writ.

While significant, the writ only mandated the respondents to answer (“make a return”) the Petition. That is precisely why the SC ordered the CA to conduct hearings to determine whether or not the privilege will be granted.

In the meantime, ancillary remedies like the TPO can be granted “at anytime before final
judgment” as are warranted, which TPO becomes part of the privilege of the writ as a final legal remedy.

Also, our reading of the Rules say that it is not incumbent at this point on us the petitioners seeking protection to name the specific entity to provide the protection. Nor is it necessary – much less wise or prudent – to provide a full list of our members at this point. That can come as a matter of course.

More importantly, the orchestrated labelling, “red-tagging”and villification we continue to endure must be seen in the context of a proven pattern that they can and have led to the extreme – extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances.

Hence, we feel at a loss given that we do not have any effective and immediate domestic remedy to legally protect us from the continuing attacks on our lives, liberty and security and against the relentless vexatious smear campaign by State forces.

Lamentably, these attacks are matched by parallel vile language and arrogant innuendos from their swaggering defenders who mock us with utter contempt. #


Edre U. Olalia
NUPL President
and co-Petitioner

The Philippines: About time, EU says of UN reviewing PH drug killings

July 14, 2019

About time, EU says of UN reviewing PH drug killings

The European Union welcomed a UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution to launch a “comprehensive” review of the human rights situation in the Philippines, particularly alleged summary killings in President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, and commended Iceland for pushing the measure.

The 28-nation European bloc said the first-ever resolution on the Philippines by the UNHRC was a “constructive way forward” for the United Nations’ highest human rights body to know more about the brutal antinarcotics campaign.

27,000 vs 6,600 killed

Human rights groups say up to 27,000 people have been killed in the three-year-old campaign, but the Philippine National Police says the number is only 6,600.

“The European Union welcomes the fact that the Human Rights Council is able to respond to and address situations of concern raised by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Special Procedures of the Council,” it said in a statement on Saturday.

“We commend the main sponsor for their constructive approach toward a balanced resolution with the main aim of requesting a report by High Commissioner and an enhanced interactive dialogue in the Council, which we think is a constructive way forward for the Council to be further informed about the promotion and protection of human rights in the Philippines,” the European Union said.

About time, EU says of UN reviewing PH drug killings





Philippine president says Iceland has no crime because they just ‘eat ice’




Group: No war in PH and yet attacks on civilians rising


Rights group to families of drug war victims: Speak up to UN




The resolution on Philippines has been adopted – what now?

https://www.amnesty.fr/justice-internationale-et-impunite/actualites/la-guerre-contre-la-drogue-de-duterte (FRANCAIS)

The Philippines: UN council adopts resolution calling for probe into PH human rights situation

July 11, 2019

A United Nations council on Thursday adopted a resolution calling for a probe into the human rights situation in the Philippines, a move that rights advocates welcomed as a step toward accountability in the face of what they call a “murderous” drug war.

The resolution approved by 18 countries in the 47-member UN Human Rights Council, requests UN High Commisioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet “to prepare a comprehensive written report” on the Philippines.

Fourteen other nations, including the Philippines and China, voted against. The remaining 15 abstained.

Philippine top diplomat Teodoro “Teddyboy” Locsin Jr. said the resolution will have no effect.

“Such resolutions especially those passed by a tiny minority can and will be ignored. No consequences,” Locsin said on Twitter.

Locsin also warned that the “initiative to insult the Philippines with the assumption without proof that it commits gross abuses” will have “far reaching consequences”.





UN scrutiny on state of PH rights a ‘ray of hope’ amid ‘rampant EJKs’ – groups



Military, Defense officials no-show at CA hearing on NUPL complaint



Respondents to writ of amparo petition a no show in hearings

https://www.hrw.org/fr/news/2019/07/11/philippines-lonu-fait-un-pas-important-vers-le-devoir-de-justice-0 (FRANCAIS)

http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/l-onu-va-faire-un-etat-des-lieux-des-abus-des-droits-humains-aux-philippines-20190711 (FRANCAIS)

The Philippines: Filipino lawyers at risk by state tagging

July 10, 2019

Filipino lawyers at risk by state tagging

Lawyers for Lawyers is deeply concerned over the ‘red-tagging’ of lawyers and lawyers’ groups in the Philippines as it puts lawyers’ safety and independence at risk. On 11 July, a court hearing takes place where members of the military must comment on a human rights lawyers’ request for protection.


The practise of labelling or “red-tagging”

In the Philippines, human rights lawyers are often criminalised and tagged as “communists” or “terrorists” because they are identified with their clients or their clients’ causes. Especially lawyers representing people who are accused of terrorist or drugs related crimes, or who have been critical to the government’s policies or behavior, such as journalists, political opposition leaders, and human rights defenders, are targeted.

This ‘red-tagging’ of lawyers and other individuals or groups is seen as a strategy used by State agents, particularly law enforcement agencies and the military,to encourage counterinsurgency programs and violent attacks against those perceived to be ‘threats’ or ‘enemies of the State.

Lawyers for Lawyers fears that the ‘red-tagging’ of lawyers put them in danger for simply doing their job.

Filipino lawyers at risk by state tagging

Stand for Human Rights, Support Call for UN probe in Philippines

Relentless red-tagging in Cagayan de Oro ‘scary and dangerous’




Rights group lauds Iceland’s resolution on PH rights situation