Former VP @JojoCBinay, ex-SC Spokesperson @TedTe and Dean Sol Mawis speaking at a UP Portia webinar on lawyer killings. Binay: "I thought martial law would be most dangerous for lawyers, sadly I'm mistaken, and we look at this government's bloody record." @rapplerdotcom
Te: I never thought I would see this photo again, of lawyers advocating for lawyers' issues, instead of their clients'. How did we get to this point?
Te: There's a big chill. It is that moment when a lawyer at a stoplight looks around and sees helmeted people on motorcycles and wonders whether he's the next statistic on the list of lawyers killed.
Te: Supreme Court's condemnation statement is a good start but there is still so much more to be done. Hold accountable those who must be held accountable, but before we do that, we must ask for clear, transparent, and credible investigations.
Te: Is it time for a Magna Carta for lawyers? There are magna cartas for different sectors, why not for lawyers?
Binay: Lawyering under the Marcos administration – hindi nagagalit, kahit anong banat mo laban sa gobyerno. Eto ngayon, pikon ang presidente, marami nang natakot.
Te: When I was in law school from 1986, there were also lawyers who were killed. When I became a lawyer, we also represented perceived enemies. But we were never afraid simply because we were lawyers. At no time was I fearful for my life not to take on a case.
Te: I've gotten older in the profession, but I have to say, iba ang sitwasyon ngayon. You have to think twice about doing certain things. Of course it doesn't stop us, pero nag-iisip ka, ano ang mangayari kapag ginawa ko 'to?

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