Chel Diokno to Duterte: Stop weaponizing lists

News Philippines Mar 8, 2019 at 4:58 pm

MANILA, Philippines – Human rights lawyer and senatorial candidate Chel Diokno slammed President Rodrigo Duterte for weaponizing lists against government critics.

The Otso Diretso senatorial bet was asked during Rappler’s #TheLeaderIWant senatorial forum on Monday, March 4, what he suggests should be done so people in power will not break the law.

“Dapat tigilan na ng Pangulo, ng pamahalaan, ‘yung paggamit ng listahan (The President, the govenrment, should stop using lists). They have weaponized lists,” Diokno said.

He recalled that in 2016, Duterte released a list of cops, politicians, and judges who were supposedly involved in the drug trade. But one judge in the list was already dead.

“But imagine the impact of that on the living judges. Ang naisip ng mga judge: ‘Eh kung ‘yung patay nga na judge ay nailagay doon ‘yung pangalan, paano pa kaya kami?’ (The judges now think: If a dead judge’s name was included in the list, what more our names?)” Diokno said.

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