By Jeffrey Damicog
An organization of lawyers on Wednesday, April 29, called on new Bar passers to protect the people from injustice during this pandemic.
“As lawyers, you are now tasked with the great responsibility and obligation not only to serve your clients in court but to serve the people at a time when injustice is as dangerous and as virulent as any known deadly disease,” the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) said in a statement.
The NUPL lamented that, during this pandemic caused by the deadly 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), “injustice is everywhere.”
“We are in the midst of two deadly pandemics. One is a global public health emergency being addressed by medical and health professionals and the scientific community. The second is the apparent breakdown of the rule of justice characterized by the increasing number of human rights violations perpetuated with rabid impunity,” it explained.
The NUPL cited reports continue to come out concerning the hungry who are “arrested, detained, and slapped with criminal charges for demanding food on their table.”
The group said there are also reports of “[l]aw enforcement officers mauling and shooting people for alleged violations of quarantine protocols.”
“Those who dare challenge and speak up against all these injustices have become targets themselves,” it also lamented.
Because of these, the NUPL said “there is a growing clamor for change.”
“Hence, to our new lawyers: the country needs you,” the group stated.
“Where there is injustice, there is a growing clamor for change. Together with the Filipino people, we must stand in the frontlines against this injustice,” it added.