Otso Diretso's Chel Diokno tells international community PH legal system ‘eroding’

Otso Diretso's Chel Diokno tells international community PH legal system ‘eroding’

This is like a Leni Robredo move all over again, remember when the Vice President made a video for a United Nations event, where she falsely told that body hundreds of Filipinos are being killed in pursuance of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s war on illegal drugs?

In this case, it’s a senatorial candidate of the opposition’s Otso Diretso group- human rights lawyer Chel Diokno made himself (in)famous when he has brought the  attention of the international community  the “war on our legal system” over the government’s anti-drug campaign.

Otso Diretso's candidate Chel Diokno (photo credit to owner)

Diokno, via video conferencing spoke recently as a side event of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs meeting in Vienna, Austria, about the President Duterte’s drug war, primarily its constitutionality and alleged flagrant human rights violations.

“It’s a brazen attempt to supplant justice from our courts with justice from the barrels of guns. And my biggest fear is not just the killings, but the fact that the legal system itself is eroding and that we have no more rule of law to speak of,” he said.

Human rights have been threatened, and many of us have been killed as well under this administration. By our count, 36 lawyers, some of whom are human rights lawyers, have been killed since 2016,” said Diokno.

He made mention of the Philippine National Police’s Command Memorandum Circular 16-2016, which he finds unconstitutional.

“[The circular] expressly authorizes extrajudicial killings by using the terms ‘neutralization’ and ‘negation,’ which have no legal definition in Philippine law,” he said.
Diokno strongly emphasized that the drug war-related killings that lead to the deaths of many innocent people “constitute a crime against humanity.”

“Not just because of the number of killings but because they are a deliberate attack on a very clear segment of the civilian population here in the country,” he said.
“In police parlance, as we understand it, when an instruction is given to neutralize a person, it could very well include killing that person,” Diokno explained.
The Otso Diretso senatorial candidate in the same event has called for a continuing “international pressure” on Duterte and his administration.
“While the government has claimed that it really doesn’t care about international pressure, we do believe that international pressure has been very helpful in terms of highlighting what’s happening in the country, and, to some extent, influencing the way government is going about its operations,” Diokno said.
He adds : “We do hope that the international community will continue to put pressure on the Philippine government to adhere to its commitments under international human rights instruments.”

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