The Duterte government claims it is not behind the harassment of activists, more so their murders.
The government, however, has the duty to prevent these killings and protect its citizens. Has it upheld, neglected, or avoided that duty?
“My position is that it has encouraged these killings,” said Baguio-based lawyer Jose Molintas, a known figure in the Cordilleras for his work on human rights and Indigenous Peoples’ Rights lawyering.
Molintas was among the more than 600 people that the Department of Justice (DOJ) under Duterte had wanted to declare as terrorists. After its list was exposed to be unverified, DOJ itself trimmed down that list. Now, the list is down to two.
Nevertheless, 3 people on the initial list have been killed – Randy Malayao, Randall Echanis, and Zara Alvarez.
Molintas said he has made it a point to be very visible in his work, even entered local politics, taught policemen and soldiers human rights, and represented cops in planting of evidence charges. Molintas said he has done very balanced lawyering.
When red-tagged, he resorts to court processes, believing that somehow, the justice system still works.
It’s the DOJ that he has doubts with.
How does he – or any other person for that matter – live in a state of terror? Listen to this episode.
Listen to past episodes:
- Episode 1 Part 1: Supreme Court’s most controversial decisions
- Episode 1 Part 2: Department of Justice’s evolving definition of warrantless arrests
- Episode 2: The rule of law in the time of the coronavirus
- Episode 3: Pandemic and the great wall of free speech
- Episode 4: Will petition to disclose Duterte health work?
- Episode 5: Legal difficulties of a prisoner mass release
- Episode 6: Breaking down the ABS-CBN franchise legal and political issues
- Episode 7: ABS-CBN and the 3 tangled branches of government
- Episode 8: Are extraordinary writs still effective in the time of Duterte?
- Episode 9: Dissecting anti-terror bill and threats to freedoms
- Episode 10: The problems with the Cybercrime Law
- Episode 11: Can we trust the gov’t panel probing drug war deaths?
- Episode 12: Why press freedom is legally protected
- Episode 13: What is People’s Initiative and will it work for ABS-CBN?
- Episode 14: The new push for death penalty
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