Human Rights Lawyers and Advocates Pledge Support for Vice President Robredo’s Presidential Bid – Manila Bulletin

Vice President Leni Robredo

Lawyers and human rights defenders have pledged their support for the presidential candidacy of Vice President Ma. Léonor “Leni” Robredo.

In a statement, they said they supported Robredo as their “advocate who follows the same path” as theirs.

“In the upcoming elections of 2022, there is only one lawyer-lawyer running for president – ​​Leni Robredo. That would have been enough for members of the profession to support her; but that she also happens to be an advocate for the poor and marginalized has made her cause stronger, if not more controversial. For those unsure, we name the ways Leni is suited for her purpose,” they said.

Signatories include attorneys and attorneys from Sentro ng Alternatibong Lingap Panlegal (SALIGAN), Coalition of Moro Youth Movement, Inc., Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), StreetLawPh, Free Legal Assistant Group (FLAG), South East Asian Human Rights Studies Network (SEAHRN), National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL), Union of Peoples’ Lawyers Mindanao (UPLM), BALAOD Mindanaw & KAISAHAN, Integrated Bar of the Philippines in Iloilo, Humanitarian Legal Assistance Foundation (HLAF), Save the Children , Verite MER, and AKBAYAN.

They recalled that before entering politics, Robredo was part of the non-governmental legal group SALIGAN, which belongs to the network of Alternative Law Groups (ALG).

They said “Robredo stood up for the weakest and poorest during her time with the group, because she believes those who have little in life deserve more.”

They also said: “Robredo has dealt with cases of women, children, urban poor, workers and fishermen. What she said in an interview is true; while she was only a civil servant for nine years, she was a civil servant for most of her life. These include the years she served alongside her late husband, former Department of Home Affairs and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse M. Robredo.

They pointed out that when Robredo became a congresswoman and vice president, she showed that her “courage” for government service “equals her zeal in civil society work.”

“She brought her sense of solidarity with the poor, honed by all the time spent with them, to public service,” they also said.

Robredo has the perfect union of “skill and activism”, which during this time is essential to achieving “achievement-based justice”, they said.

For people who refuse to participate more in the electoral process, they urged them to reconsider.

“But they must take a closer look, in no other candidate can a better future be imagined, described in concrete detail and informed by national experience. Other candidates are running to keep power in the family, to rehabilitate a dirty name, or simply to add a feather to their list of personal achievements. But for Leni, the muse is first and foremost a service,” they added.




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