Otso Diretso senatorial candidate Chel Diokno has taken time off from the rigorous campaign schedule to provide free legal assistance to the families of victims killed over the course of the government’s war on drugs.
Diokno was joined in the free legal mission at the Baclaran Redemptorist Church by volunteer abogados from the Free Legal Assistance Group, in which he serves as chairperson, and the Initiatives for Dialogue and Empowerment through Alternative Legal Services (IDEALS).
“Kailangan natin mabigyan ng tulong ‘yung mga naging biktima ng EJK, yung mga biktime ng Tokhang, lalong-lalo na ‘yung mga sinasabi nilang nanlaban,” he said.
Diokno is one of the abogados of the relatives of “Oplan Tokhang” victims who ran to the Supreme Court in 2017 to challenge the constitutionality of the war on drugs.
The Supreme Court recently ordered the Office of the Solicitor General to release documents related to the police operations.
Diokno said they are still awaiting for the OSG’s compliance to the Supreme Court order. He said the documents will be useful if the relatives of the “Oplan Tokhang” victims decide to file cases against the police.
“Tanggap natin na maraming natatakot… maaaring ngayon mahihirapan tayong sampahan ng kaso ‘yan. Pero darating at darating ‘yung araw na magkakaroon din tayo ng hustisya,” he said.