De Lima impacts Duterte’s war on drugs now targets lawyers
Senator Leila De Lima on Saturday condemned the arrest and detention of three lawyers who were
monitoring police officers’ search of a Makati City bar last Thursday evening, saying attorneys are
now targets of President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on illegal drugs.
“The message is clear. The police are no longer making any distinction between lawyers defending
clients and the target of police operations,” De Lima said in a dispatch from her detention cell.
A lawyer herself, De Lima added: “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.”
Legal counselors Leni Rocel Rocha, Jan Vincent Sambrano, and Romulo Bernard Alarkon were capture
at the Time in Manila bar situated in Makati City for claimed “obstacle of equity” and for “scaring cops”
actualizing a court order, as indicated by the Southern Police District.
De Lima slams PNP captivity
Meanwhile, she said the PNP has simply “pronounced legal advisors as warriors,” with the capture of the three legal counselors,
crediting the police activity to President Rodrigo Duterte.
“By capturing legal advisors guarding their customer against a PNP attacking group, the police were reacting
in the main way that they know since they were released like canines by their lord in Malacañang two years back,” De Lima said.
“Perhaps it is just amusing that the brains of this breakdown in the government of law, where even attorneys are never again protected, is a legal counselor himself,” she included.
Hence, previous Justice Secretary, who is a savage Duterte commentator, cautioned: “Tokhang is no longer for poor people and unprotected alone. Legal counselors are likewise now in the PNP’s observable pathway. Everybody is presently equivalent, not under the watchful eye of the law, but rather in the breakdown of the lead of law and Duterte’s rule of exemption.”
De Lima is being over charges originating from the gather expansion of illicit medications in the New Bilibid Prison while she was as yet the Justice secretary.