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SIXTY-ONE LAWYERS KILLED UNDER DUTERTE ADMINISTRATION

FLAG: Higher than killings during Marcos to Aquino era

FLAG: 61 lawyers slain in Duterte term � higher than killings from Marcos to Aquino admins
Lawyers submit a letter to the Supreme Court on December 22, 2020 urging action on the killings of lawyers. Photo courtesy of National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers/Bulatlat

The Free Legal Assistance Group said 61 lawyers were killed in nearly five years into the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

The lawyers’ group said the figure is higher than the combined number of killings in the legal profession in the 44 years of the past six administrations.

A list of the killings showed 49 killings from Marcos to Benigno Aquino III administration. The number is still higher than the murders recorded just five years into the Duterte administration.

Earlier, FLAG reported that of the 61 killings in Duterte’s term, 26 are tagged as work-related, 15 as drug-related, 12 due to personal motives while motive in 15 other cases remain unknown.

Lawyers group have been pressing the government for action on continued attacks on the legal profession. In a letter to the Supreme Court in December, they stressed that under the United Nations Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers that governments are mandated to ensure that they are able to perform their duties without intimidation, hindrance, harassment or improper interference. READ FULL STORY

COLLABORATION. Officials of the Philippine National Police and the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), led by PNP officer-in-charge Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar (4th from left) and IBP president Domingo Egon Cayosa (4th from right) pose for a photo in Camp Crame on Tuesday (March 16, 2021). The PNP and the IBP both committed to addressing issues on the protection of legal professionals in the wake of attacks against them. (Photo courtesy of IBP)

PNP, IBP renew partnership on lawyers’ protection

 March 17, 2021

MANILA – Officials of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) renewed their commitment to jointly addressing issues on police operations and the protection of legal professionals in the country.In a joint statement on Wednesday, the PNP, represented… Read More

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