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DE LIMA: DUterte's war on drugs now TARGET LAWYERS!




"The Sen. Leila de Lima on Saturday denounced the arrest and detainment of three legal advisors who were observing cops' hunt of a Makati City bar last Thursday evening, saying lawyers are now the targets of President Rodrigo Duterte's war on unlawful medications.
"The message is clear. The police is no longer making any distinction between lawyers defending clients and the target of police operations," De Lima said.

Lawyers are now fair game as targets of the drug war. That IBP (Integrated Bar of the Philippines) card is no longer protection from police abuse," De Lima added.
Lawyers Leni Rocel Rocha, Jan Vincent Sambrano, and Romulo Bernard Alarkon were captured at the Time in Manila bar situated in Makati City for claimed "obstruction of justice" and for "intimidating cops" executing a court order, as indicated by the Southern Police District.



She said the PNP has simply "declared lawyers as combatants," with the capture of the three attorneys, ascribing the police activity to President Rodrigo Duterte.

"By arresting lawyers defending their client from a PNP raiding team, the police were responding in the only manner that they know since they were unleashed like dogs by their master in Malacañang two years ago," De Lima said. 



"Maybe it is only ironic that the mastermind of this breakdown in the rule of law, where even lawyers are no longer safe, is a lawyer himself," she added.

Sen. Leila de Lima, former Justice secretary, who is a staunch critic of Duterte, warned: "Tokhang is no longer for the poor and defenseless alone. Lawyers are also now in the PNP’s line of sight. Everyone is now equal, not before the law, but in the breakdown of the rule of law and Duterte’s reign of impunity." 
Source: GMA




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