Philippines Supreme Court condemns rise of violence against of lawyers

The Philippine Supreme Court demanded on Tuesday an end to the killings of lawyers and judges or threats of harm against them in the country after data showed the last five years was the deadliest period ever for the legal profession in the country. In rare public comments outside legal rulings, the Supreme Court said in a statement threats to lawyers had “very serious repercussions” on the rule of law and pledged to do more to protect members of the judiciary. “The Court condemns in the strongest sense every instance where a lawyer is threatened or killed and when a judge is threatened and unfairly labeled,” it said in a statement read by spokesman Brian Keith Hosaka.

 

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