Lawyers’ group vows to file charges against rights violators

News Philippines Oct 25, 2019 at 2:20 pm

neri-col-nupl-500x280We will also ask other lawyers groups to help in what we hope to be the filing of voluminous cases against the perpetrators of these heinous crimes.

By Anne Marxze D. Umil

MANILA–The National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) will hold President Duterte accountable for the numerous rights violations he committed against the Filipino people once he steps down from office in 2022.
This is the resolution of the peoples’ lawyers who gathered for their fifth national congress on Oct. 19-20 here in Manila. Lawyers from various NUPL chapters agreed to start the preparation of cases to be filed against Duterte and to what it calls the “infrastructure of impunity” in the justice system or “those who shield these perpetrators from punishment and accountability.”

NUPL Chairperson Neri Colmenares said there will be more complaints to be filed against Duterte in international bodies like the United Nations. These complaints will serve as templates for cases that will be filed against Duterte once he is out of office.

Colmenares said since Duterte claims that he is immune from suit because he is sitting as president, they will, as of now, pursue more cases against him at the UN and other international mechanisms.

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