People have right to criticize gov’t as Duterte picked on Diokno -CLCL

People have right to criticize gov’t as Duterte picked on Diokno -CLCL

Politics is definitely alive and kicking amidst the novel coronavirus 2019 disease or Covid-19 pandemic in the Philippines.

A group of lawyer’s has just made public their disapproval of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s personal shaming of human rights lawyer Chel Diokno in one of his public address, they insist that Filipinos have all the freedom to criticize the government and its policies.

Concerned Lawyers for Civil Liberties (CLCL) reminds the public that the constitutional protected civil rights like freedom of expression remain even if the country is under a national emergency.

Chel Diokno
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The President in one of his public address lambasted Diokno even admitting that he’s mad at the human rights lawyer for criticizing his administration’s measures to deal with the novel coronavirus disease epidemic.

“The freedom of expression and other constitutional rights are not suspended during a state of emergency. People have the right to protest if they do not receive the promised aid to them,” CLCL said in a statement. “In the same vein, they also have the right to criticize government for its failure to respond effectively to the COVID-19 crisis.”

“After all, the failure of the government to respond will most heavily impact its citizens, especially the poor. It is, therefore, the right of anyone to ensure that the government delivers on its promised aid and provides efficient and effective actions to stem the increase of COVID-19 cases,” the group added.

Diokno is a member of the CLCL.

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