Support for three detained lawyers snowballs
The Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) on Friday denounced the arrest of lawyers Jan Vincent S. Soliven, Lenie Rocel E. Rocha, and Romulo Bernard B. Alarkon by the Philippine National Police (PNP) for alleged obstruction of justice.
“Their unlawful warrantless arrest for performing their duties as lawyers personifies the government’s arrogance, ignorance and disregard of the law. It demonstrates that the so-called “War on Drugs” is really a war against the law.”
” That its real purpose is not to stop illegal drugs but to supplant justice from the courts with “justice” from the barrels of the guns of police. And that this government is hell bent on bullying everyone who stands in their way and cowing them into submission.”
“FLAG calls on the members of the bar and the bench, and all law-abiding citizens, to resist government’s efforts to replace law with force and democracy with fascism. Unless we act, and act now, the freedoms that we fought so long and hard for will crumble into dust, as they already in the process of dissolving,” the statement, signed by group chairperson, Jose Manuel I. Diokno, read.