Issues on lawyers’ arrest that must be clarified PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 18 August 2018 13:41

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him...” (James 1:12, the Holy Bible).

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ISSUES WHICH MUST BE SCRUTINIZED IN THE LAWYERS’ ARREST: Not only lawyers, but I would say the entire nation as well, should pay close attention and act as one to assure that the truth will come out over the arrest of three young lawyers who were tasked to help the owner of a Makati City bar at the time it was being raided by the Philippine National Police (PNP) last week, on suspicion that it had been a source of illegal drugs.

Too, the refusal of a prosecutor from the Department of Justice (DOJ) to release the arrested lawyers from detention, even if the time provided for by law for their incarceration while being investigated had already lapsed, must likewise be fully scrutinized and looked into by top DOJ executives.

I am afraid that there have been arrests similar to that which happened to the young lawyers in many parts of the Philippines taking place in the past, even if they were merely discharging their duties and responsibilities as lawyers. Unfortunately, however, these were not given much attention. With the arrest of the lawyers in the Makati City bar incident, who were even seen being handcuffed by policemen, everyone should now insist that the truth be unveiled, once and for all.

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RA 7438 AUTHORIZES LAWYERS TO IMMEDIATELY ASSIST CLIENTS ARRESTED OR DETAINED BY POLICE: One important issue here is the right of lawyers whose clients are being raided, arrested, or detained by the police, to take up the cudgels for those clients. Would it be

obstruction of justice for