Volunteer lawyers, OVP to provide free legal assistance

Published April 9, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Richa Noriega

A group of volunteer lawyers, including human rights lawyer Chel Diokno, are providing free legal assistance amid the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon.

In a Twitter post Thursday, Diokno said the group is working in partnership with the Office of the Vice President (OVP) and law students in launching VALOR-19, which stands for Volunteers and Lawyers Organized for the Rule of Law, to respond to the people’s urgent legal questions in the time of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

According to the group’s Facebook page, the topics covered in the consultation range from enhanced community quarantine, government assistance, human rights, labor and employment, and online free speech.

“We aim to help during the COVID-19 crisis through legal advice on ECQ matters, government assistance, human rights, employment issues, and also free journalism ‘online.’ (Our) partner is the Office of the Second President,” the group said.

VALOR-19 said inquiries and requests for assistance can be coursed through its Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/VALOR-19-104839134520649/.