National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) president Edre Olalia on Tuesday (Nov. 24) called on the Senate not to allow itself to be used by the government’s red-tagging activities.
“We hope that the Senate hearing will not be a venue to further persecute our colleagues, but will provide them an opportunity to exorcise the baseless and recklessly imprudent red-tagging committed by the State, its agents and proxies which have burdened important and relevant work as human rights lawyers and people’s representatives,” he said in a statement.
“We appeal to the public not to fall for the redtagging scripts and not allow themselves to be exploited using their naivete, emotions and conditioned prejudices,” he also added.
Olalia made the appeals as NUPL’s chairman and adviser–Bayan Muna chairman Neri Colmenares and party-list Rep. Carlos Zarate–appeared before the Senate inquiry on the red-tagging controversy.
“We reiterate our condemnation against the brazen and unrelenting attacks on the life, liberty and security of Neri and Kaloi by state forces,” Olalia said.
“The intensified red-tagging and vilification campaign against them and other pro-people lawyers have exposed them to dangers and risks,” he lamented.
Olalia said those who have been red-tagged have been “subjected to surveillance has caused unnecessary burden on them and their families.”