It’s like shooting the messenger if you don’t like his message, and then saying it just had to do with how he said it. The Armed Forces’ disbarment charge against public interest lawyer Harry Roque unfortunately pits the defenders of the republic against a defender of human rights. The AFP sends all the wrong messages to the Filipino public and to the larger community of human rights advocates here and abroad, and actually invites a closer look at its own dismal historical record at vindicating human dignity and enforcing discipline in its own ranks.
Last Nov. 2, we observed the first United Nations Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, with sorrow and rage.
Trust is earned. Jejomar Binay apparently knows this all too well. As a human rights lawyer during the martial law years, he helped many poor litigants obtain justice. And as Makati mayor since 1986, he attended to the needs and problems of his constituents.
It ain’t over. Mothers of disappeared students are certainly not giving up; they are asking private prosecution lawyers to further pursue all legal options to get former general Jovito Palparan out of military camp and move him to an ordinary civilian jail where he should be.
The martial law regime of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos was built on a foundation of lies, wrapped in a scaffolding of deceit, surrounded by the barbed wire of half-truths.