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The Philippines: 2 lawyers shot dead in Pangasinan, Rizal

May 18, 2019

Two lawyers were gunned down in Pangasinan and Rizal yesterday.

Lt. Col. Jandale Sulit, Dagupan City police chief, said Val Crisostomo, a legal counsel of Peryahan ng Bayan in Pangasinan, had just attended a court hearing when the gunman, who was wearing a black jacket and blue helmet, opened fire in front of the justice hall in Barangay Bonuan Guest.

The assailant fled on a motorcycle driven by his cohort toward Barangay Bonuan Binloc.

Crisostomo was declared dead on arrival at the Region 1 Medical Center.

“We have no motive yet because aside from being the lawyer of Peryahan ng Bayan, the victim was also handling several cases, including illegal drugs,” Brig. Gen. Joel Orduña, Ilocos police director, said.

Bernard Vitriolo, Globaltech Mobile Online Corp. legal head, said Crisostomo was in charge of the cases filed against National Bureau of Investigation agents who raided Peryahan ng Bayan games in Pangasinan.

In Rizal, Edilberto Golla Jr. was shot dead by motorcycle-riding men in front of his house in Barangay San Isidro, Rodriguez. He died at the scene.

Police said the victim was leaving his residence in his sport utility vehicle when he was shot.

 

https://www.philstar.com/nation/2019/05/18/1918744/2-lawyers-shot-dead-pangasinan-rizal

Lawyer shot dead in Rizal

Peryahan ng Bayan lawyer killed

Lawyer dies in Rizal ambush

https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1070101

Task groups formed to probe killing of lawyers

https://www.trtworld.com/magazine/they-are-now-killing-judges-in-the-philippines-26785

The Philippines: Ombudsman asked to suspend PAO chief Acosta

May 13, 2019

The Office of the Ombudsman has been asked to suspend Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) Chief Persida Rueda-Acosta, in relation to complaints filed against her for graft, falsification and malversation.

Complainant Wilfredo Garrido Jr. also sought the suspension of Dr. Erwin Erfe for “dishonesty, oppression and grave misconduct in the performance of duty.”

In his motion to have Acosta and Erfe suspended, Garrido said the two could tamper with the cases if they continue to be in their respective positions.

Garrido cited Section 24 of R.A. No. 6770, or the Ombudsman Act of 1989 which authorizes the Ombudsman to issue a preventive suspension order “if in his judgment the evidence of guilt is strong.”

“There is imminent danger that respondents can tamper with the evidence in this case,” he said, adding that they could negatively affect the creation of the PAO Forensic Laboratory, and manipulate research results.

Garrido earlier filed a complaint before the Ombudsman accusing the two of graft, malversation, falsification of public documents and illegal use of public funds.

Dengvaxia cases

In the same complaint, Garrido said Acosta and Erfe should be investigated for grave misconduct, serious dishonesty, grave abuse of authority and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of public service.

“Apart from misusing public funds to create an office without authority, respondents’ propensity to manufacture evidence in an office under their direct control is indicative of bias, persecution, malice and downright dishonesty,” the complaint said.

Acosta and Erfe are at the center of the highly controversial Dengvaxia cases.

Both the complaint and the motion to suspend stemmed from Acosta’s initiative to create a PAO Forensic Laboratory without authority from Congress, a move that Garrido said “caters to Acosta’s whims and caprices.”

Ombudsman asked to suspend PAO chief Acosta

Suspension of PAO Chief Acosta, Erfe sought

Suspension of PAO Chief Acosta, Erfe sought

https://www.ateneo.edu/aps/law/law/faculty/test-15

ICC prosecutor threatened with arrest if she arrives in PH

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/05/17/1918628/bring-bato-enforcer-brutal-drug-war-justice-hrw

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/05/16/philippines-drug-war-top-cop-elected-senate

Ex-FDA chief ‘clueless’ why she was fired, cites fight with syndicates

https://tnt.abante.com.ph/pao-chief-acosta-pinasususpinde-sa-ombudsman/ (TAGALOG)

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)

 

 

 

 

The Philippines: SC Issues Writ of Amparo and Habeas Data in Favor of NUPL

May 3, 2019

The Supreme Court, in a special En Banc session held on Friday, issued a writ of amparo and habeas data in favor of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL).

The Court also referred the petition of NUPL, et al. to the Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeals, who was directed to cause the immediate raffle of the said case among the appellate justices. The CA was further directed to hear the petition on May 14, 2019 and to decide the case within 10 days after submission of the case for decision.

The Court also ordered respondents President Rodrigo Duterte, who was impleaded in his capacity as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, National Security Adviser (Ret.) Gen. Hermogenes C. Esperon, Jr., et al. to make a verified return of the writ of amparo and habeas data on or before May 8, 2019, and to comment on NUPL, et al.’s petition before the said date.

In its petition, NUPL, et al. sought for the issuance of the writ of amparo and habeas data for their protection, claiming that their rights to life, liberty and security have been violated and continue to be violated through the persistent threats and harassment and red tagging allegedly done to vilify and intimidate them and prevent them from pursuing their profession as members of the Bar and from practicing their advocacy as peoples’ lawyers serving the poor and the marginalized. They claimed that some NUPL members have died in the line of duty.

The petitioners are likewise asking the Court to compel the respondents, under the writ of habeas data, to provide them with copies of all the facts, information, statements, records, photographs, and other evidence, documentary or otherwise, pertaining to each of them in the respondents’ files and records.

In particular, NUPL alleged that it was branded as an “enemy” by the Philippine Army in 2013. In 2014, NUPL-Vice President Atty. Catherine Salucon allegedly experienced heavy surveillance and harassment and that her paralegal, William Bugatti, was killed hours after they had parted ways after a court hearing. In 2018, NUPL-Negros Secretary General Atty. Benjamin Ramos was killed in Kabankalan, Negros Occidental. They cited other several incidents of threats, harassment and intimidation due to their work and advocacy.

Also named as respondents were National Defense Secretary (Ret.) Gen. Delfin N. Lorenzana, AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Benjamin R. Madrigal, Jr., AFP Deputy Commander for Intelligence Brig. Gen. Fernando T. Trinidad, AFP Intelligence Service of the Philippines (ISAFP) Chief Maj. Gen. Erwin Bernard Neri, Philippine Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. Macairog S. Alberto, and AFP Deputy Chief of Staff for Civil Military Operations Maj. Gen. Antonio G. Parlade, Jr.

(G.R. 246175, NUPL, et al. v. President Duterte, et al., May 3, 2019)

SC Public Information Office
Ground Floor, New Supreme Court Building
Supreme Court of the Philippines
Padre Faura Street, Ermita, Manila 1000
Tel. No. (+632) 522 5090; (+632) 522 5094

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Press Statement
3 May 2019
5pm

Re info that Philippine Supreme Court granted in favor of NUPL a writ of Amparo & Habeas Data against the vicious redtagging by the military and baseless government accusation of involvement in an “ouster matrix”:

We are certainly pleased and somewhat relieved that the High Court has favorably acted upon our petition for protection of the life, liberty and security of NUPL members who are after all, officers of the court.

It came at a propitious time when the 2018 Bar results came out today welcoming our new colleagues in the profession. It gives our new lawyers a veritable food for thought while they rightfully celebrate.

It also sends a strong and clear signal to the military and government officials alike, as well as their proxies or agents, that there are certain well-defined rules of evidence not incompatible with basic fairness, decency, common sense and logic that must be observed.

While this is just a start of an intense judicial battle and tedious procedure, we are grateful that the Court heeded our supplication to be given judicial shield and a potential relief from reckless accusations, malicious labelling and vicious attacks in different forms and guises.

Its subtext is as unequivocal – incessant redtagging, personal mudslinging and contrived narratives will be subjected to judicial restraint and accountability.#

Edre Olalia
NUPL President
Co-Petitioner

(National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers Facebook, 03/05/19)

http://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2019/5/3/NUPL-Duterte-writ-of-amparo.html

SC issues writ of amparo and habeas data for NUPL

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/05/03/19/supreme-court-grants-lawyers-bid-for-protection-vs-state-forces

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/693245/supreme-court-issues-writ-of-amparo-for-nupl/story/

https://www.rappler.com/nation/229619-supreme-court-issues-writs-amparo-kalikasan-human-rights-groups-may-2019?fbclid=IwAR2IVcsYi3hIw2UgSVfcFJI6NA4opTGcrW-dnQamBfFlBBHCD8AJW52LtPw

Militant lawyers group gets Supreme Court protection

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/05/03/1914723/court-appeals-hear-nupl-plea-over-perceived-state-harassment-red-tagging?fbclid=IwAR2134PhsW6SjpUv_azbggcF3bYwVs_t84rlo-RC9HnipxZCb_olMndxN2k

SC issues writ of amparo and habeas data for NUPL

‘Journos should hold power to account, uphold democracy at all times’ — Focap

3 opposition bets hit Panelo for ‘Oust Duterte’ matrix ‘mess’

http://www.manilastandard.net/news/top-stories/293825/palace-flip-flops-on-ouster-matrix.html

https://www.rappler.com/move-ph/ispeak/229558-journalism-crime-fake-world

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

https://nupl.net/

 

 

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The Philippines: PHL, foreign lawyers ‘disturbed’ by attacks vs. NUPL

April 29, 2019

Seventy-five Filipino and foreign attorneys on Monday stood behind the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers and said they are “disturbed” by attacks against the group of human rights lawyers.

The signatories to a solidarity statement expressed “grave concern” over “heightening attacks” against their fellow lawyers in the Philippines, particularly NUPL members, who are allegedly red-tagged and threatened.

“The red-tagging of NUPL is contrary to basic rules of evidence, due process and fair play,” reads the statement released Monday. “Political harassment undermines the rule of law and substitutes it with the law of rulers.”

Vouching for the “character, competence, and courage” of the NUPL’s pro bono human rights lawyers, the statement added that dissent and criticism are an exercise of democratic rights.

Former University of the Philippines law dean Pacifico Agabin, former senator Rene Saguisag, members of the Free Legal Assistance Group, and former solicitor general Florin Hilbay were among the several Filipino lawyers who signed the solidarity statement.

They were joined by lawyers from India, Australia, South Africa the United Kingdom, Belgium, Bangladesh, the United States, France, Canada, Austria, Italy, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Honduras, Japan, South Korea, Brazil, Iraq, Greece, Puerto Rico, Germany, Nepal, and Turkey.

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/692772/phl-foreign-lawyers-lsquo-disturbed-rsquo-by-attacks-vs-nupl/story/?fbclid=IwAR3DRA7DNLQuzLzNrc67SMBvCLtX1_mb8tQkSwM_K8Q1Iwx3-4p0LNfpA-s

https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1803420?fbclid=IwAR3r2Al8tjJJxemtnUj6IhtgWTxVL9IVjIk87h_evLbMEh3U1bq0J_kTQ0I

Matrix, a bad omen for democracy

http://manilastandard.net/mobile/article/293568?fbclid=IwAR1ZQ0tEKc5Cr2N1TPbufI1dw_BKEA2dqtBLIbAGId_3lzSlcezPQRbigYM

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/692114/nupl-lawyer-linked-to-oust-duterte-plot-says-he-is-clueless-on-bikoy-video/story/?fbclid=IwAR25tJD6hl7j0EJC1N-rXJMcDI2EtbNzpzHTNeLFXR89P7IhrQSnNfRTVrc

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/04/29/1913583/no-proof-ouster-plot-week-after-expose-vera-files-points-out

Filipino, foreign lawyers stand with NUPL amid gov’t attacks

https://news.abs-cbn.com/video/news/05/02/19/put-up-or-shut-up-nupl-twits-panelo-wants-proof-behind-oust-duterte-matrix?fbclid=IwAR2aDZTRLhKzUMDRW3D7NI4Z6QK4_Iiqk8lV3_PrfAuljfFxLsADsLKe9VM

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/05/02/19/panelo-backtracks-says-copy-of-oust-duterte-matrix-from-unknown-source?fbclid=IwAR2VPiVOt3ARBnCqAUIqs0oQEuXjgqwCioABg2pZMfB1BSO30MDYIGX5slU

In Defence of Justice: End Impunity | Event

https://www.lrwc.org/ws/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Edre-Olalia.8-May-2019.pdf

Statement of Support and Solidarity with Lawyers of the People

As of 29 Apr 2019
10pm

Signatories:

Ada Abad (Philippines)
Dean, Adamson College of Law

Pacifico Agabin (Philippines)
Professor, UP Law

Jose Luis Agcaoili (Philippines)
Agcaoili and Associates

June Ambrosio (Philippines)
National Director,
National Center for Legal Aid
Integrated Bar of the Philippines

Domingo Anonuevo (Philippines)
Free Legal Assistance Group

Rafael Aquino (Philippines)
Partner, SPASLAW

Issouf Baadhio (France)
President,
Union Internationale des Avocats

Plutarco Bawagan Jr. (Philippines)
UP Law Batch 1987

Purificacion Bartolome-Bernabe
(Philippines)
President, International Pro Bono Alliance

Niloufer Bhagwat (India)
Vice President,
Confederation of Lawyers in Asia Pacific

Gill Boehringer (Australia)
International Association of People’s Lawyers

Max Boqwana (South Africa)
National Association of Democratic Lawyers

Bill Bowring (UK)
President, European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and World Human Rights

Pura Ferrer-Calleja (Philippines)
Free Legal Assistance Group

Joke Callewart (Belgium)
Progress Lawyers Network

Arnel Paciano Casanova (Philippines)
Lecturer, UP Law

Md. Hasan Tarique Chowdhury (Bangladesh)
Democratic Lawyers Association of Bangladesh

Marjorie Cohn (US)
Professor Emerita,
Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Norma Jullien Cravotta (France)
Lawyer at the Paris Bar

Amor Datinguinoo (Philippines)
Integrated Bar of the Philippines-Makati

Gail Davidson (Canada)
Executive Director,
Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada

Jose Manuel Diokno (Philippines)

Evelyn Duermayer (Austria)
International Association of Democratic Lawyers

Elena Esposito (Italian)
Giuristi Democratici

Jan Fermon (Belgium)
Secretary General,
International Association of Democratic Lawyers

Ricardo Fernandez Jr. (Philippines)
Movement of Attorneys for Brotherhood, Integrity and Nationalism

Russell Fraser (UK)
Chair, Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers

Ruben Fruto (Philippines)
Law Practitioner

Johannes Karel Gaasbeek (Netherlands)
Day of Endangered Lawyers Foundation

Symone Gaasbeek (Netherlands)
Gaasbeek and Gaasbeek Lawyers

Muhammad Masaud Ghani (Pakistan)
Democratic Lawyers Association of Pakistan

Caridad Gonzales (Philippines)
Ateneo Law Class 1989

Dennis Gorecho (Philippines)
Alumni, UP Law

Krish Govender (South Africa)
National Association of Democratic Lawyers

Robert Sabata Gripekoven (Spain)
President, European Democratic Lawyers

David Israel Díaz Hernández (Honduras)
Human Rights Defenders Alliance

Florin Hilbay (Philippines)
Former Solicito General

Lennox Hinds (US)
Professor Emeritus,
Rutgers University

Hajime Inoue (Japan)
Japanese Lawyers for International Solidarity

Charlotte Kates (US)
National Lawyers Guild

Jang Kyunguk (South Korea)
Minbyun Lawyers for a Democratic Society

Antonio Gabriel La Viña (Philippines)
Professor of Law, Governance, and Philosophy

Nelson Loyola (Philippines)
Nelson Loyola Law Office

Beth Lyons (US)
Alternate Delegate to U.N.,
International Association of Democratic Lawyers

Ernesto Maceda Jr. (Philippines)
Former Dean,
College of Law, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila

Fabio Marcelli (Italy)
Italian Democratic Lawyers

Felix Marinas Jr. (Philippines)
Free Legal Assistance Group

Jeanne Mirer (US)
President,
International Association of Democratic Lawyers

Luis Carlos Moro (Brazil)
American Association of Jurists

Sabah Al-Mukhtar (Iraq)
President,
Arab Lawyers Association

Osamu Niikura (Japan)
Professor Emeritus,
Aoyama Gakuin University

Mvuso Notyesi (South Africa)
National Association of Democratic Lawyers

Virgilio Ocaya (Philippines)
Free Legal Assistance Group

Carlos Orjuela (UK)
Joint International Secretary,
Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers

Angel Reñon Orozco (Philippines)
Orozco Law Office

Alexander Padilla (Philippines)
Free Legal Assistance Group

Ties Prakken (Netherlands)
Professor, Maastricht University

Roberto Rafael Pulido (Philippines)
Convenor, Manananggol Laban sa EJK

Yiannis Rachiotis (Greece)
Hellenic Union of Progressive Lawyers

Vanessa Ramos (Puerto Rico)
Asociación Americana de Juristas

Emiluz E. Pascasio-Reyes (Philippines)
Reyes & Teodoro Law Offices

Stuart Russell (France)
International Association of People’s Lawyers

Rene Saguisag (Philippines)
Movement of Attorneys for Brotherhood, Integrity and Nationalism

Arno Sanidad (Philippines)
Free Legal Assistance Group

Pablito Sanidad (Philippines)
Free Legal Assistance Group

Jun Sasamoto (Japan)
Secretary General,
Confederation of Lawyers in Asia Pacific

Micòl Savia (Italy)
Permanent Representative to the U.N. in Geneva,
International Association of Democratic Lawyers

Thomas Schmidt (Germany)
Secretary General,
European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and World Human Rights

Azadeh Shahshahani (US)
Legal & Advocacy Director, Project South

Ghanendra Shrestha (Nepal)
Progressive Peoples Lawyers Association (PPLA)

Mary Kathryn Sison (Philippines)
Free Legal Assistance Group

Filibon Tacardon (Philippines)
Former Vice President,
IBP Quezon City Chapter

Lorenzo Tanada III (Philippines)
Free Legal Assistance Group

Amado Danilo Tayag (Philippines)
Alumni, UP Law

Theodore Te (Philippines)
Free Legal Assistance Group

Le Thi Kim Thanh (Vietnam)
Director,
Center for Legal Consultancy

Evalyn Ursua (Philippines)
Women’s Initiatives for Socio-Cultural and Economic Rights

Serife Ceren Uysal (Turkey)
Progressive Lawyers Association

Pilita Venturanza (Philippines)
IBP Oriental Mindoro

Susan Villanueva (Philippines)
Professor, UP College of Law

Gregorio Tanaka Viterbo Jr. (Philippines)
Chair,
Free Legal Assistance Group-
Metro Manila

Also:

Progressive Lawyers Association (Turkey):
Adil Anlama
Ali Safak
Fatma Arda Bicaz
Özge Serdar
Gülvin Aydin
Seyit Sönmez
Kemal Aytac
Adnan Kaya
Ahmet Bozkurt Çağlar
Ahmet Çevik
Ahmet Mandacı
Ali Akıncı
Ali Aydın
Ali Kaya
Ali Reşat Öztürk
Alihan Pilaf
Aycan Çiçek
Aylin Onursev
Ayşe Zilan
Ayşegül Çağatay
Aytaç Ünsal
Aytül Kaplan
Barkın Timtik
Barzan Demirhan
Bedirhan Tuna Yıldız
Behiç Aşçı
Berrak Çağlar
Bülent Şimşek
Canan Gözcü
Cemal Doğan
Cemre Topal
Çağla Deniz Felamur
Çiğdem Akbulut
Deniz Yıldırım
Dervis Emre Aydın
Didem Baydar Ünsal
Dinçer Çalım
Diren Yeşil
Duygu Mandacı
Elvan Olkun
Emel Diril
Emine Ufuktepe
Emrah Altunoğlu
Emre Erdal
Engin Gökoğlu
Ercan Avşar
Erdoğan Akdoğdu
Ergin Sözen
Evin Konuk
Eylem Kocaman Üsgüdar
Ezgi Çakır
Fahri Doğan
Fatma Kaymaz Son
Fırat Aktaş
Funda Buyruk
Gamze Güven
Gökmen Yeşil
Görgün Danacı
Görkem Ağdede
Gül Altay
Gülten Anlar
Güray Dağ
Hadi Cin
Halime Şenli Bilgin
Hasan Hüseyin Evin
Hatice Aslan Atabay
Hayati Bora
Hazal Aydın
Hüseyin Korkmaz
Hüseyin Yüksel Biçen
Irmak Başaçık
İhsan Şahabettin Örsal
İlahi Öz
İlhan Gül Kireçkaya
İlknur Önal Tarkan
İlyas Danyeli
İsmail Bozkurt
Kazım Bayraktar
Kenan Arslan
Kıvanç Kayaoğlu
Mehmet Altuntaş
Muharrem Erdogan
Murat Yılmaz
Mustafa Çinkılıç
Mustafa Ufacık
Müge Gezginci
Mürsel Ünder
Nadide Özdemir
Nazan Betül Vangölü Kozağaçlı
Necmi Biçen
Nergiz Tuba Aslan
Neslihan Piliç
Nilgün Gürbüz
Nilgün Özkan
Nurettin Tanış
Özge Usanmaz
Özgür Yakut
Öztürk Armağan
Rahim Yılmaz
Rıza Karaman
Sabahattin Gümüş
Sabri Yurdakul
Sebahat Gençtarih
Sebahattin Demir
Sefa Aydoğan
Seher Dursun
Selçuk Kozağaçlı
Serdar Gedik
Sevil Aracı Bek
Sevinç Sarıkaya
Şiar Rişvanoğlu
Şule Arslan Hızal
Tamer Doğan
Tarkan Özdemir
Tugay Bek
Ülkü Tolunay
Ümit Büyükdağ
Vahap Kuzu
Yağmur Ereren Evin
Yaprak Türkmen
Yurdagül Gündoğan
Zana Yavaş
Zehra Özdemir
Zeycan Balcı
Zeynel Kaya

(Facebook, 29/04/19)

The Philippines: Legal luminaries hit ‘oust-Duterte’ matrix tagging NUPL

April 29, 2019

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Legal luminaries slammed Monday a government matrix linking the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers and some lawyers to an alleged plot to unseat President Rodrigo Duterte.

The track record of NUPL, an organization of pro bono human rights lawyers, “is beyond question,” said several prominent colleagues and the law schools of the University of the Philippines and Ateneo.

“The red tagging of NUPL is contrary to basic rules of evidence, due process and fair play,” read their statement of solidarity.

“Labeling, discrediting, threatening, and attacking lawyers are against the basic principles of lawyering, the State’s duty to protect them and the delivery of justice,” it added.

Among the statement’s signatories were several foreign lawyers, Adamson law dean Ada Abad, former University of the Philippines law dean Pacifico Agabin, De La Salle University College of Law founding dean Chel Diokno and former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay.

Aside from NUPL, those tagged in the matrix released by Malacañang last week were media organizations Vera Files, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism and Rappler, which have been critical of the administration.

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/04/29/19/legal-luminaries-hit-oust-duterte-matrix-tagging-nupl?fbclid=IwAR24EA-k38JqEKQwlwoliwy7_WfJL_a0XnkXj9NfibmNDvsnX7aKDOnx46o

Statement of Support and Solidarity with Lawyers of the People

We, lawyers and members of the legal profession, express grave concern over the heightening attacks against our brethren and peers in the Philippines.

In particular, we are disturbed by the labelling, accusations and threats against the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) and its members.

The red tagging of NUPL is contrary to basic rules of evidence, due process and fairplay.

Dissent and criticism are an exercise of democratic rights.
Political harassment undermines the rule of law and substitutes it with the law of rulers.

We have known, worked with, or journeyed with the brave and dedicated NUPL pro bono human rights lawyers. Their track record of character, competence, and courage is beyond question.

Their passion and the advocacies they pursue against all odds give their poor, persecuted and powerless clientele hope.

Labelling, discrediting, threatening, and attacking lawyers are against the basic principles of lawyering, the State’s duty to protect them and the delivery of justice.

More importantly, these attacks
beg the fundamental question of whether there are valid reasons to dissent, criticize and advocate change and how to address them for the people’s benefit.

We stand in solidarity with our fellow lawyers irrespective of the clients they professionally represent and the public interest advocacies they pursue.

We support the cases and actions to defend NUPL and all lawyers under attack because of the exercise of their profession and the performance of their duties.

We shall also cooperate and collaborate in all fora to hold accountable those responsible for these attacks.

An attack on any of us is an attack on all of us. #

Signatories as of
29 Apr 2019, 3pm

Ada Abad (Philippines)
Dean, Adamson College of Law

Pacifico Agabin (Philippines)
Professor, UP Law

Jose Luis Agcaoili (Philippines)
Agcaoili and Associates

June Ambrosio (Philippines)
National Director,
National Center for Legal Aid
Integrated Bar of the Philippines

Domingo Anonuevo (Philippines)
Free Legal Assistance Group

Rafael Aquino (Philippines)
Partner, SPASLAW

Plutarco Bawagan Jr. (Philippines)
UP Law Batch 1987

Purificacion Bartolome-Bernabe
(Philippines)
President, International Pro Bono Alliance

Niloufer Bhagwat (India)
Vice President,
Confederation of Lawyers in Asia Pacific

Gill Boehringer (Australia)
International Association of People’s Lawyers

Max Boqwana (South Africa)
National Association of Democratic Lawyers

Bill Bowring (UK)
President, European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and World Human Rights

Pura Ferrer-Calleja (Philippines)
Free Legal Assistance Group

Joke Callewart (Belgium)
Progress Lawyers Network

Arnel Paciano Casanova (Philippines)
Lecturer, UP Law

Md. Hasan Tarique Chowdhury (Bangladesh)
Democratic Lawyers Association of Bangladesh

Marjorie Cohn (US)
Professor Emerita,
Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Norma Jullien Cravotta (France)
Lawyer at the Paris Bar

Amor Datinguinoo (Philippines)
Integrated Bar of the Philippines-Makati

Gail Davidson (Canada)
Executive Director,
Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada

Jose Manuel Diokno (Philippines)

Evelyn Duermayer (Austria)
International Association of Democratic Lawyers

Elena Esposito (Italian)
Giuristi Democratici

Jan Fermon (Belgium)
Secretary General,
International Association of Democratic Lawyers

Ricardo Fernandez Jr. (Philippines)
Movement of Attorneys for Brotherhood, Integrity and Nationalism

Russell Fraser (UK)
Chair, Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers

Johannes Karel Gaasbeek (Netherlands)
Day of Endangered Lawyers Foundation

Symone Gaasbeek (Netherlands)
Gaasbeek and Gaasbeek Lawyers

Muhammad Masaud Ghani (Pakistan)
Democratic Lawyers Association of Pakistan

Caridad Gonzales (Philippines)
Ateneo Law Class 1989

Dennis Gorecho (Philippines)
Alumni, UP Law

Krish Govender (South Africa)
National Association of Democratic Lawyers

David Israel Díaz Hernández (Honduras)
Human Rights Defenders Alliance

Florin Hilbay (Philippines)
Former Solicitor General

Lennox Hinds (US)
Professor Emeritus,
Rutgers University

Hajime Inoue (Japan)
Japanese Lawyers for International Solidarity

Charlotte Kates (US)
National Lawyers Guild

Jang Kyunguk (South Korea)
Minbyun Lawyers for a Democratic Society

Antonio Gabriel La Viña (Philippines)
Professor of Law, Governance, and Philosophy

Nelson Loyola (Philippines)
Nelson Loyola Law Office

Beth Lyons (US)
Alternate Delegate to U.N.,
International Association of Democratic Lawyers

Ernesto Maceda Jr. (Philippines)
Former Dean,
College of Law, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila

Fabio Marcelli (Italy)
Italian Democratic Lawyers

Felix Marinas Jr. (Philippines)
Free Legal Assistance Group

Jeanne Mirer (US)
President,
International Association of Democratic Lawyers

Luis Carlos Moro (Brazil)
American Association of Jurists

Sabah Al-Mukhtar (Iraq)
President,
Arab Lawyers Association

Osamu Niikura (Japan)
Professor Emeritus,
Aoyama Gakuin University

Mvuso Notyesi (South Africa)
National Association of Democratic Lawyers

Virgilio Ocaya (Philippines)
Free Legal Assistance Group

Carlos Orjuela (UK)
Joint International Secretary,
Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers

Angel Reñon Orozco (Philippines)
Orozco Law Office

Alexander Padilla (Philippines)
Free Legal Assistance Group

Ties Prakken (Netherlands)
Professor, Maastricht University

Roberto Rafael Pulido (Philippines)
Convenor, Manananggol Laban sa EJK

Yiannis Rachiotis (Greece)
Hellenic Union of Progressive Lawyers

Vanessa Ramos (Puerto Rico)
Asociación Americana de Juristas

Emiluz E. Pascasio-Reyes (Philippines)
Reyes & Teodoro Law Offices

Stuart Russell (France)
International Association of People’s Lawyers

Rene Saguisag (Philippines)
Movement of Attorneys for Brotherhood, Integrity and Nationalism

Arno Sanidad (Philippines)
Free Legal Assistance Group

Pablito Sanidad (Philippines)
Free Legal Assistance Group

Micòl Savia (Italy)
Permanent Representative to the U.N. in Geneva,
International Association of Democratic Lawyers

Thomas Schmidt (Germany)
Secretary General,
European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and World Human Rights

Azadeh Shahshahani (US)
Legal & Advocacy Director, Project South

Ghanendra Shrestha (Nepal)
Progressive Peoples Lawyers Association (PPLA)

Filibon Tacardon (Philippines)
Former Vice President,
IBP Quezon City Chapter

Lorenzo Tanada III
Free Legal Assistance Group

Amado Danilo Tayag (Philippines)
Alumni, UP Law

Theodore Te (Philippines)
Free Legal Assistance Group

Evalyn Ursua (Philippines)
Women’s Initiatives for Socio-Cultural and Economic Rights

Serife Ceren Uysal (Turkey)
Progressive Lawyers Association

Pilita Venturanza (Philippines)
IBP Oriental Mindoro

Susan Villanueva (Philippines)
Professor, UP College of Law

Gregorio Tanaka Viterbo Jr. (Philippines)
Chair,
Free Legal Assistance Group-
Metro Manila

(National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers Facebook, 29/04/19)

https://news.mb.com.ph/2019/04/05/afp-official-unmasks-cpp-fronts-networks/

https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1066679http://ptvnews.ph/reds-linked-orgs-dared-to-seek-justice-for-victims-of-npa-killings/

https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1068160

OUST-DUTERTE PLOT BARED

‘Reds-linked’ orgs dared to seek justice for victims of NPA killings

https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1111802/lawyers-voice-support-for-colleagues-attack-on-any-of-us-is-an-attack-on-all-of-us/amp?fbclid=IwAR2etv0kU6PILdbx6x0yUbiwGU7JZtK7cg5-gzYr73oq50Tdt0d-_FGvlFk

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/692772/phl-foreign-lawyers-lsquo-disturbed-rsquo-by-attacks-vs-nupl/story/?fbclid=IwAR1kqiMM8ZBIopRKH_b-U6t24sHMIwmSOp9tw_kD4BdSMu28ikzTt57zW8s

Foreign, local lawyers denounce heightening attacks vs NUPL

The Philippines: Crackdown on independent media groups, rights lawyers feared

April 23, 2019

Crackdown on independent media groups, rights lawyers feared

“[I]f this is the kind of intelligence report that the President gets and bases his actions and policies on, the country is in big trouble.”

This was the reaction of journalist Ellen Tordesillas, who was named in a banner story of The Manila Times, titled “Oust Duterte plot bared,” as the distributor of the so-called Bikoy video clips that claimed that the Duterte family had received money from the narcotics trade.

The news report was written by Dante Ang, chair emeritus of The Manila Times and the President’s special envoy for international public relations.

“It’s (alarming) how they come up with such an outrageous allegation against you. It’s like an assault on your person to be accused of such,” said Tordesillas, a columnist for the Malaya newspaper and Vera Files trustee.

Calling the matrix “hogwash,” the group assailed both the alleged source and Ang for failing to explain the nature of the links between Rappler, Vera Files, the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) and the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL).

Rappler, Vera Files and PCIJ have been publishing reports critical of the Duterte administration.

The latest story that earned the ire of the President was PCIJ’s series on his wealth and that of his children, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte and former Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte.

Should any harm come to the journalists and lawyers linked to the supposed matrix, Ang should be held accountable, the NUJP added.

Over walls of credulity

The NUPL said the accusations had “certainly gone over the walls of credulity.”

“It is not only a bait to engage in absurd and endless tit for tat to distract us,” it said in a statement.

“It would have been amusing were it not perilous to the safety, security and liberty, if not the lives, of each of the 500 or so lawyers” and other legal members of their group.

Crackdown on independent media groups, rights lawyers feared

Malacañang confirms ‘matrix,’ warns plotters

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/04/23/1911827/plotters-deny-ouster-move-palace-wont-sue-yet

http://dzrhnews.com.ph/false-baseless-ludicrous-nupl-calls-oust-duterte-matrix/?fbclid=IwAR0mHcqylsS18zizAdjycVsjZcaA1_s0VLTXBBzodxpmt7tRe2g1pEaOLRI

Lawyers: Duterte a disgrace to the legal profession

Such an absurd story! Colmenares rejects ‘hilarious’ oust-Duterte matrix

https://www.rappler.com/nation/228700-nupl-statement-oust-duterte-plot?fbclid=IwAR24MyjwGiWKmig8bkkugcg_KzDN3O1GZDiyXxorcbldwQTeQLLNkz90dgE

Bayan Muna, NUPL eye raps after ‘Oust Duterte plot’ accusations

PACC backs Duterte’s call for Reds to kill corrupt officials

NUPL: Ouster plot allegation ‘absurd’

http://www.cnn.ph/news/2019/4/22/Duterte-ouster-plot-journalists-lawyers.html?fbclid=IwAR1F-pnJb1iCMIeEigQ4ojQH8W0-ILbqzwdchz5QqLTWkPcQvjiBOyqrEXM

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/691980/nupl-slams-link-to-alleged-duterte-ouster-plot/story/?fbclid=IwAR1Rmw9VrneSj2AF5-HRnRIT2Q1wl5tXYXa18sxjFV3gzoIDaqowqQ63-Ks

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/04/22/19/nupl-on-rubbish-oust-duterte-matrix-were-too-busy-defending-human-rights?fbclid=IwAR093UPxELpIZK8jRyYgyNahoa4lrnFkdFgE4ZRHRHabAEBt9u3msTeY-0E

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/04/23/1911916/nupl-mulls-raps-over-ouster-plot-matrix

7 partylist lawmakers slam slay of Escalante councilor, call for end to killings

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/228877-ouster-plot-against-duterte-bared?fbclid=IwAR0DDUlDZFaM9T-QlnZi_quC2VzbY2HrX833tnuI9QBzze_Ln_qxfxcR5dc

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/04/25/19/nupl-raises-oust-duterte-matrix-before-sc

https://www.rappler.com/nation/228958-nupl-urges-supreme-court-protection-order-duterte-ouster-plot-matrix-tag?fbclid=IwAR1H-W9B9m3dI8H44KiR9SLDB87LrI1oIy-jotSCI84OxPNw5tMFX8-tUJA

DOJ hears transfer request of case vs lawyer charged with kidnapping witness

The matrix

Manifestation(InSupportOfdApplication4TempProtectionOrder) PILC Apr24-19

https://www.bomboradyo.com/pagkakasangko-sa-umanoy-ouster-plot-vs-duterte-mariing-pinabulaan-ng-nupl/?fbclid=IwAR2DL0ciL6WEaFeVGjz7ltysEkDIcYt1ZKDO_zJj8wzbugVEFpE8xDo5rI8 (TAGALOG)

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