The National Union of Peoples Lawyers (NUPL)-Visayas Region held a consultation for the defense of human rights with the theme “Upholding the Rule of Law in Times of Impunity and Tyranny” at the University of Cebu School of Law Audio-Visual Room on September 7, 2019. NUPL is a national volunteer organization of human rights lawyers in the Philippines committed to the defense, protection, and promotion of human rights, especially of the poor and the oppressed.
Atty Neri Colmenares, keynote speaker, and foremost human rights lawyer openly discussed to the participants about the clear signs of impunity and tyranny in the Philippines. When the rule of law in a country is short-circuited, then impunity exists. When there is intolerance for dissent, then tyranny happens. In this situation, people will clamor for the upholding of the rule of law or justice.
A highlight in the assembly was the presentation of human rights violations cases in the Visayas. Waves of killings in Negros Island took place following the issuance of Memorandum Circular 32 on November 22, 2018. The Philippine President directed some national agencies to immediately coordinate the deployment of additional military and police forces in the Negros provinces, Samar provinces, and the Bicol region “to suppress lawless violence and acts of terror.”