“Such reckless threats are legally questionable and worse, will erupt in even more vicious and wholesale violations and would also constrict whatever democratic breathing space there is left.”
“Just let her speak out and let her story stand on its own. Or shall we wait for her to be sent to the gallows with her mouth gagged?”
By BULATLAT MANILA – Human rights lawyers and urban poor residents of Quezon City has asked the courts to order a halt to the so-called “voluntary” drug testing being conducted by the Philippine National Police in communities in the city. The National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) led 30 Quezon city residents who filed a…
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“Even during the time he claimed to have been going through physical therapies, he remained as the commanding officer of the 24th Infantry Battalion. The places where the two students were brought were under his jurisdiction. Anotado was in active military service and such testimony will bear no weight to the case compared to Raymond’s testimony.”
“Are they really trying to delay the case until ‘berdugong’ Palparan and his co-accused are free from accountability?”
“Fighting Back: In and out of the Courts” illustrates not only how the template of rights has been used to analyze the conflicts that the NUPL’s clients face but also how this template has been expanded to new breadth to reach new horizons.
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Human rights lawyer Maria Catherine Salucon says the granting of the writs of Amparo and Habeas data may be a “landmark decision” but it does not mean that she would let her guard down.
The NUPL vowed to file countercharges against the police “to teach them a lesson that they are supposed to be law enforcers and should respect the rights of citizens.”
“Why put blame only to those whose hands actually pulled the trigger, or stuck the knife in, or gouged the eyes, or stuffed the mouths, and not those whose minds, (who) credible testimonies indubitably point to, had hatched the crime?”