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The Philippines: Lawyers Unite against Violations of Rights

September 20, 2019

We see the same intolerance of dissent and violations of civil liberties that we witnessed 47 years ago during martial law. What is the role of the legal profession when civil liberties are under attack?

On the anniversary of the actual declaration of Martial Law, we invite you to hear libertarian lawyers from then and now at a forum: The Role of the Legal Profession in the Midst of Violations of Civil Liberties.

It will be held on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2019, 130-400 pm at the Justice JBL Reyes Hall, IBP Building, Ortigas.

The Concerned Lawyers for Civil Liberties or CLCL, a broad formation of lawyers and law students for the defense of civil liberties that was formed several years ago, will be revived and relaunched at the forum.

Convenors include
Prof. Pacifico Agabin of UP Law
VP Jejomar Binay of Mabini
Pres. Egon Cayosa of IBP
Atty. Neri Colmenares of NUPL
Dean Chel Diokno of FLAG
Dean Tony La Vina of Manlaban
Atty. Jojo Lacanilao
Atty. Marlon Manuel of Alternative Law Groups
Atty. Edre Olalia of NUPL
Sen. Rene Saguisag of Mabini
Atty. Arpee Santiago of Ateneo HR Center
Cong. Lorenzo Tanada of FLAG and many more.

Please invite as many lawyers, law students and civil libertarians to attend.

For inquiries: 09656047475 or clclphilippines@gmail.com

Media is requested to cover.
Non-lawyers are most welcome to join us in solidarity. Thank you.


The Philippines: Joint call by international legal community: Protect Filipino lawyers!

September 17, 2019

Joint call by international legal community: Protect Filipino lawyers!

Today, Lawyers for Lawyers together with 151 international and domestic bar associations, other lawyers’ organizations and legal professionals from 49 countries around the world called on the Government of the Philippines to take all necessary measures to stop the attacks against and extrajudicial killings of lawyers and to end the culture of impunity in which these attacks occur.

The petition initiated by Lawyers for Lawyers and co-signed by bar associations, other lawyers organizations and legal professionals from 49 countries in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America expressed deep concern over the increasing attacks against lawyers in the Philippines and the oppressive working environment they face since the start of President Duterte’s administration.

Extrajudicial killings and attacks against lawyers escalating 

Since President Duterte took office on June 30, 2016, the number and intensity of attacks against lawyers have increased significantly. At least 41 lawyers and prosecutors were killed between July 2016 and 5 September 2019, including 24 practicing lawyers. In addition, at least five judges and retired judges have been murdered since July 2016, bringing the total number of jurists extrajudicially killed in the Philippines to at least 46 in the same period. Eight jurists survived attacks on their life.

Lawyers are also harassed and intimidated. They are subjected to (death) threats, surveillance, labelling, and other forms of attacks. Most killings and attacks of lawyers took place as a result of discharging professional duties or are believed to be work-related.

Joint call by international legal community: Protect Filipino lawyers!

The Philippines: Attacks Again Lawyers Escalating | Joint statement by 151 lawyers’ organizations and lawyers


Philippines: attacks against lawyers escalating

Philippines: Stop the Attacks and Extrajudicial Killings of Lawyers | Oral Statement to the 42nd Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council

Lawyers’ groups from 49 countries urge PH gov’t to stop attacks on Filipino colleagues

Int’l lawyers’ groups, legal professionals ask Duterte: Protect Filipino lawyers

Maguindanao massacre: Still awaiting justice


Filipino lawyers attacksed Sept 2019 (IAPL MONITORING COMMITTEE REPORT)

The Philippines: Extrajudicial killing of jurists as part of a pattern of widespread and systematic violations of human rights | Joint Written Statement to the 42nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council

September 9, 2019

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Joint written statement* submitted by Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada, Lawyers for Lawyers, and International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL),non-governmental organizations in special consultative status, and Asian Legal Resource Centre,  non-governmental organization in general consultative status.

The Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales, the International Association of People’s Lawyers (IAPL), and the Philippines National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL), NGO(s) without consultative status, also share the views expressed in this statement.

Philippines: Extrajudicial killing of jurists as part of a pattern of widespread and systematic violations of human rights 

1.     Introduction

Since 30 June 2016, the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (the Philippines) has engaged in a campaign of extrajudicial killing in violation of the Philippines’ international law obligations. Since President Rodrigo Duterte (President Duterte) took office on 30 June 2016, up to 27,000[1] persons have been extrajudicially killed with impunity, as part of a “war on drugs.” The Philippines’ official number is 5,526.[2] The victims include 45 lawyers, prosecutors and judges (jurists) assassinated between August 2016 and July 2019, and 134 human rights defenders (defenders).[3] This pattern of gross and systematic violations contravenes the Philippines’ obligation to prevent and remedy violations of the right to life. The widespread murders of jurists also cause violations of the rights to legal representation and fair trials.

In few cases are suspects in custody or charges pending against suspects. In the majority of cases there has been no effective investigation or minimal progress on investigations. In addition to 45 jurists murdered, eight lawyers have survived murderous attacks, and one has been abducted and disappeared. A court worker and two paralegals are also among the additional victims. The online Appendix to this report lists the jurists with dates of death and status of investigations.[4]

Philippines: Extrajudicial killing of jurists as part of a pattern of widespread and systematic violations of human rights  | Joint Written Statement to the 42nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council


Thousands of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines: “A pattern of gross and systematic violations of human rights,” say seven legal organisations to the UN | Press release

Colmenares: There’s proof that EJKs are state-sponsored


Prosecutor in bulletproof vehicle shakes off gunmen

DOJ rejects 3 OSG witnesses in sedition raps vs Robredo, 32 others

Ex-Daraga mayor tagged in Batocabe slay freed after posting bail


Oro church leaders, journos, lawyers ready for march vs red-tagging

Filipino lawyers attacksed Sept 2019 (IAPL MONITORING COMMITTEE REPORT)

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PHILIPPINES – 6 septembre 2019
Dix avocats abattus depuis le 1er janvier 2019 – 1 survivant

Le 6 septembre 2019, Datu Khadaffy Dilangalen Blao, 30 ans, a été tué par balles dans une mosquée de Barangay Olandang.

Le 5 septembre 2019, Irineo Cabugoy, 73 ans, a été abattu alors qu’il déjeunait avec sa famille dans un McDonald’s à Antipolo, dans l’État de Rizal.
Le 2 septembre 2019 : Inocencio dela Cerna a été touché par des tirs de deux hommes armés en tandem devant l’immeuble Quimonda, à Cebu.
Il a survécu parce qu’il a pu conduire son véhicule jusqu’à un poste de police situé à proximité. Il avait récemment défendu Niño Rey Boniel, membre du conseil d’administration de la province de Bohol, dans l’affaire d’enlèvement et de détention illégale de sa femme, ancien maire de la ville de Bien Unido.
Auparavant, 7 avocats avaient été assassinés aux Philippines au cours de l’année :
En 2018, 16 avocats ont été victimes d’attaques de tueurs à gages, aux Philippines. 4 ont miraculeusement survécu aux balles, 12 sont morts. Voir : Ces avocats en danger dans le monde, Edition 2019, pp. 52 à 57).
( Photos : Anthony Trinidad et Inocencio dela Cerna).

(L’Observatoire des Avocats 08/09/19)

The Philippines: PNP exec, 3 others rapped for Rizal lawyer’s murder

July 31, 2019


POLICE Regional Office 4-A director, Brigadier General Edward E. Carranza yesterday told People’s Tonight they have filed  murder charges against a police lieutenant colonel and three non-commissioned officers in connection with the killing of a lawyer and a civilian in Rizal province last May and June.

Charged with murder for their involvement in the killing of Attorney Adilberto Golla Jr. and civilian Conrado Esteban were Lt. Col. Melchor Agusin, Senior Master Sergeant Michael Eralino, Staff Sgt. Alberto Umali and Patrolman Benito Julian Jr.

Several John Does were also included in the complaint sheet.

Except for Eralino who is now under detention, the three other suspects remained at-large and are still being hunted by Calabarzon police agents, Carranza said.

The official said Eralino confessed his role to the twin murder case and identified the three other policemen as his accomplices. In his written affidavit, Eralino claimed that Esteban was killed in an effort to make it appear that he was the one who killed the lawyer.

Golla was shot dead by a still unidentified man armed with an M-16 automatic rifle near his house on Phase 2 Eastwood Greenview Subdivision in Rodriguez, Rizal last May 17 while Esteban was found dead along C-6 Road in Paraiso, Bgy. Gulod Malaya in San Mateo, Rizal last June 4.


Another lawyer shot dead, this time in Rodriguez, Rizal



Thousands protest at Legazpi court against Baldo bail




The Philippines: Lawyer gunned down while dining in Antipolo fast-food chain

September 6, 2019

A 73-year-old lawyer was shot and killed while he and his family were having lunch in a fast-food restaurant in Antipolo City in Rizal province.

In a phone interview Friday, city police chief Col. Alvin Consolacion said they were looking into the recent cases handled by lawyer Irineo Michael Cabugoy, as the investigation into the killing continued.

“He was handling (property) disputes. We’re looking into those,” Consolacion said but adding that they had yet to find a definite motive in the attack.

According to the police, Cabugoy was having lunch at a fast-food chain in Barangay San Roque, when a lone gunman came up to him and shot him in the head around noon Thursday.

Cabugoy died while being taken to the Antipolo Doctors’ Hospital.

Police said the gunman escaped after the shooting.

Lawyer gunned down while dining in Antipolo fast-food chain

De la Cerna seeks police security; Vinluan says decision is up to PNP chief


https://tnt.abante.com.ph/abogado-binoga-sa-ulo-habang-kumakain/ (TAGALOG)

The Philippines: 3 Cebu lawyers get threats after colleague’s ambush

September 5, 2019

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Unscrupulous individuals are apparently trying to make money following an attack on a lawyer in this city on Monday.

At least three Cebu-based human rights lawyers received a call from a man claiming to be a leader of a gun-for-hire group from Davao City, who demanded P100,000 from them in exchange for sparing their lives. The caller said the lawyers’ names were on his group’s hit list.

But lawyers Magdalena Lepiten, Ian Manticajon and Kim Grace Mendoza suspected that the calls might have been a scheme to extort money from them.

The calls were received in separate times on Tuesday, a day after two men on board a motorcycle attacked lawyer Inocencio de la Cerna while he was leaving the Cebu City Hall of Justice.

De la Cerna survived the attack, but had cuts from glass shards after the suspects fired at his Toyota Land Cruiser.

Same number

Lepiten said she received a call at 9:39 a.m. Tuesday from a certain Bobby who claimed to be from Davao.

3 Cebu lawyers get threats after colleague’s ambush

IBP Cebu City to tap NBI-7’s help in investigating threats on lawyers

Labella calls on lawyers: Be vigilant amid death threats, extortion attempts

Vinluan urges lawyers: report threats to police; don’t post on Facebook 

Who is Inocencio Dela Cerna?




Ex-mayor linked to Batocabe slay posts bail


Despite posting bail, Baldo will remain in detention — PNP



The Philippines: Extortion’s head surfaces in threats vs Cebu lawyers

September 3, 2019


A Cebu-based human rights lawyer may have stumbled upon an extortion racket targeting lawyers involving threats to the lawyers’ lives.

Lawyer Magdalena Lepiten said a certain Bobby, who claimed being from Davao, called her at 9:39 a.m. on Tuesday (Sept 3) to tell her that she was on a kill list.

“Si Bobby ni, taga Davao. naa kay time makig istorya? (This is Bobby of Davao. Do you have a time to talk to me?),” the caller told Lepiten.

“Naa ka sa listahan sa nga among ipa tumba. Naa koy mga tawo sa Cebu. (You’re on the list of those we wanted to kill. I have people in Cebu).

Lepiten said she did not entertain the caller and instead turned off her phone.

Moments later, she said she received a text message from the same caller with contact number 09971779161.

The message read: “E trace ug gusto ka.. lantawun ta. (Trace me if you can. Let us see).”

“Ma swerte lang c dela cerna. ekaw ug dli ka makig coperate mamatay ka. 100K kapalit sa imung kinabuhe.” (Dela Cerna was fortunate to have survived. If you won’t cooperate, you will die. P100K in exchange for your life).”

Lepiten said he wanted to know if other lawyers received a similar threat.

Extortion’s head surfaces in threats vs Cebu lawyers

Oliva tells lawyers: Learn self-defense, carry guns if necessary to protect yourselves