Record Number of Filipino Lawyers Killed Under Duterte’s Watch


In the five years since Duterte became president, dozens of people in the legal profession have been brutally attacked, often with deadly consequences. According to the Free Legal Assistance Group, 61 lawyers, prosecutors, and judges have been killed during Duterte’s term—higher than all the recorded deadly attacks on lawyers in the last 50 years under six previous presidents. Most were killed while doing their job.

There have been no convictions so far in any of the deadly attacks recorded since 2016, and the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers is now calling on the UN special rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers to help investigate and prosecute the perpetrators.

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