Aug 18, 2018 @ 9:16

Ateneo condemns PNP for warrantless arrest of Time Bar abogados

The Ateneo Human Rights Center slammed the Makati City Place for going out of line in arresting and charging three lawyers who were only doing their job of representing the drug-tainted Time Bar owned by Rico Blanco of Rivermaya.

In a statement, Ateneo said this “form of harassment and terrorism” has no place in a democratic society.

It said that if lawyers could be manhandled to this kind of behaviour, “more so the general public at higher risk of human rights violations.”

Abogados Jan Vincent Sambrano Soliven, Lenie Rocel Elmido Rocha, and Romulo Bernard Bustamante Alarkon were arrested last August 16 after they questioned the search warrant on Time Bar which yielded several drugs – shabu, cocaine, marijuana and ecstasy pills – a few days after being the site of a drug bust.

The three abogados were released only after they spent time in jail without any warrants for “obstruction of justice” and “constructive possession of drugs.”

“The police’s actions have no other purpose but to harass and terrorize lawyers from performing their sworn duty of serving their client. These actuations serves as a chilling effect to dissuade lawyers from doing their duties and responsibilities as officers of the court in ensuring that the police operations, in this case the implementation of a search warrtn, are all carried out strictly in accordance with the law.

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