Negativist: Guevarra surprised by Diokno’s ‘eroding justice’ claim
Human rights lawyer Chel Diokno
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra took exception to senatorial bet Chel Diokno’s claim that the Philippines justice system has been “eroding.”
“The negativist statements fail to give any credit to what our legal and judicial system has accomplished, and is quite surprising to hear from him,” Guevarra said in reply to Diokno, a human rights abogado and dean of the De La Salle University Law School.
The justice chief cited the recent conviction of three suspects in a drug war-related case, which he said disproves the insinuation of impunity by critics of the war on drugs, the basis for filing of complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte before the International Criminal Court (ICC).
In November last year, the Caloocan City Regional Trial Court convicted three policemen in the murder of Kian delos Santos in August 2017, which is among the controversial cases related to the administration’s war on illegal drugs.
Police officers Arnel Oares, Jeremias Pereda and Jerwin Cruz were sentenced to imprisonment of 20 to 40 years.(PNA)