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SC urged to issue writ of amparo in favor of lawyers’ group

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The Supreme Court (SC) has been asked on Monday (April 15) to issue a protection order in favor of the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) which has been tagged by the government for being affiliated with the communist rebels.

In its petition, the NUPL asked the SC to issue a writ of amparo or a temporary protection order which would prevent President Rodrigo Duterte and the military from threatening and harming NUPL members.

“The present Duterte administration has shown open disdain for human rights activists and lawyers,” the NUPL lamented in its petition.

The NUPL cited that Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) deputy chief of staff Brigadier General Antonio Parlade Jr. Has already publicly described the NUPL as part of the “international network of the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People’s Army.”

A writ of amparo is sought by persons whose right to life, liberty and security is violated or threatened with violation by an unlawful act or omission of a public official or employee, or of a private individual or entity.

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