SC Justices grilled Chel Diokno; others on West PHL Sea kalikasan case

On Tuesday, a Supreme Court Justice asked lawyers Chel Diokno and Andre Palacios who accused the current government for failing to enforce local laws over the West Philippine Sea why they only named Duterte administration officials in their plea for a Writ of Kalikasan.
Human Rights Lawyer Chel Diokno / Photo from The Defiant

Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza, asked Diokno why the Palawan fishermen he represents did not implead Aquino administration officials when the incidents happened during their watch.

Some of the sitting justices of the Supreme Court pointed out that the incidents cited in the complaint happened in 2012, 2013 and 2014.



Among the government officials named as respondents in the Kalayaan Palawan Farmers and Fisherfolk Association plea are:
  • Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu
  • Agriculture Secretary Manuel Piñol
  • Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra
  • Philippine Coast Guard Commander Admiral Elson Hermogino
  • Police chief Oscar Albayalde
What I am missing...is you don’t even allege that the damage is continuing. You don’t allege it. I cannot find anything here that says the violations are continuing,” the justice said.

You blame now officials that came in 2016 for all those acts that happened, that were damaging to us very severely before the officials came in,” Jardeleza added.

Associate Justice Jean Paul Hernando said the group of Diokno impleaded officials from the current administration who started in 2016 but the incident happened in in 2012, 2013 and 2015.


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SC Justices grilled Chel Diokno; others on West PHL Sea kalikasan case SC Justices grilled Chel Diokno; others on West PHL Sea kalikasan case Reviewed by Nathan Singson on July 03, 2019 Rating: 5

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