Mar 17, 2021 @ 9:17

Bong Suntay, House human rights panel alarmed with lawyer killings

The House Committee on Human Rights condemned attacks and killings directed towards the country’s abogados, with assassins growing more and more emboldened in recent months.

“The spate of killings involving lawyers has become alarming despite government efforts to address the problem,” wrote committee chair and Quezon City Congressman Bong Suntay, also an abogado.

The body also blasted the move of the policemen in Calbayog to draw up the names of lawyers representing alleged Communist Terrorist Groups personalities. “That the PNP leadership has subsequently denied any such policy does not help alleviate the situation as the chilling effect of the intimidation has started to creep,” it added.

“Clearly, this action by some quarters in the PNP force is intended to harass, intimidate and hinder lawyers from performing their duties as officers of the Courts and may deprive persons accused of a crime of their Constitutional right to be represented by a counsel. Practicing the legal profession is not a crime, regardless of who they represent,” added Suntay. “Ergo, lawyers must not be targeted for upholding constitutionally and universally guaranteed rights.”

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