Country’s top legal minds endorse Diokno’s candidacy

Country’s top legal minds endorse Diokno’s candidacy



Being a former Law School Dean of the De La Salle University (DLSU) and a Human rights advocate has its own perks.
Chel Diokno, fresh from being endorsed by famous comedian Vice Ganda on his 12.3 million followers in Twitter got another major boost less than 3 days before the May 13 elections.

But this time it came from the close knit Legal community.
In a press conference on Thursday, former Supreme Court Justices Roberto Abad and Antonio Eduardo Nachura, former Ombudswoman Conchita Carpio-Morales, former Ombudsman Simeon Marcelo, Far Eastern University Insitute of Law Dean Melencio Sta. Maria, and Lyceum of the Philippine College of Law Dean Soledad Mawis showed their support for Diokno.


former Supreme Court Justices Roberto Abad and Antonio Eduardo Nachura, former Ombudswoman Conchita Carpio-Morales, former Ombudsman Simeon Marcelo, Far Eastern University Insitute of Law Dean Melencio Sta. Maria, and Lyceum of the Philippine College of Law Dean Soledad Mawis (photo credit to PDI)

“Una, sa Ingles, his passion for justice. Naipaliwanag niya ngayon ang kaniyang plataporma base sa katarungan, sa hustisya. Pangalawa, his passion for quality legal education, which we both share,” Nachura told reporters

Mawis on the other hand cited Diokno’s record as a human-rights lawyer who worked pro bono, or without any pay, for poor clients.

“Siya po ay abogadong may puso. May puso ho siya para sa mahirap, may puso ho siya sa naapi. At nakita ko po yan, kasi minsan nagkaroon po kami ng isang collaboration sa isang kaso ko,” she said.


Diokno’s qualities as a lawyer may be attributed to being raised by his father, human-rights champion and former Senator Jose W. Diokno, this according to Marcelo and Abad.

“He is a brilliant man. And I appreciate that Chel got those qualities because I know, he worked with me at the Supreme Court, invited him to help us with the revision of the rules of Civil Procedure. And he did a fine work in his assignment,” Abad said.
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“Kung gano po katapang, gano ka-prinsipyo, yung integridad ng kanyang ama, ganoon din po si Chel. Mayroon siyang integrity, may prinsipyong tao, at matapang na pinaglalaban po niya, he’s really a champion of human rights,” Marcelo added.
Diokno for his part thanked the people who backed his Senate bid, hinting the possibility of highlighting for justice-related issues in an election.
“Palagay ko panahon na ngayon na talagang maging bahagi ng ating agenda nasyonal itong isyu ng hustisya. Kasi matagal nang napapabayaan ito eh.  We need to have a justice system that works.  Kasi kung wala naman tayong sistema ng hustisya na gumagana, baliwala ang mga magagandang batas natin. Baliwala ang ating mga karapatan,” he said.


“With the support of the legal community, I really do believe that we will be able to make real changes that will help the people. Matagal na pong hinahanap ng ating taumbayan ang hustisya,” he added.





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