The lawyers of the group led by former social welfare secretary Judy Taguiwalo have expressed disappointment over the Supreme Court’s (SC) decision to dismiss the petition which sought to compel the government to conduct mass testing, intensify its contact tracing and release accurate information in the fight against the COVID-19 virus.
“The Resolution dashes hopes that our inept and negligent government will be compelled to do its constitutional duty to protect and respect the people’s rights to health and information,” the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) said in a statement.
“For the half year that we have been placed under quarantine, we have not seen significant improvements in mass testing, contract tracing and isolation,” it pointed out.
The NUPL lamented that “cases of COVID-19 are spiking once again while our medical frontliners and resources continue to be exhausted.”
“Nonetheless, this regrettable dismissive resolution mainly on technicality will not dispirit our clients and the communities and sectors they represent,” it assured.
“We take inspiring consolation though in the erudite, extensive and compelling dissent that prudently recognized the transcendental import and implication of this case on the people, the nation and the justice system,” it added.