[In the news] NUPL on ‘rubbish’ oust-Duterte matrix: We’re too busy defending human rights -ABS-CBN news

A group of lawyers accused of plotting the ouster of President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday called the claims “rubbish,” as they claimed they were too busy defending human rights.

The National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers hit a report on Manila Times, which quoted “highly placed source in the Office of the President” that “there is a plot to discredit the President and destabilize his government.”

“Criticism is not ousting. Lawyering is not destabilizing. At bottom, this allegation is not worth the paper it is written on. It is putrid rubbish. Garbage in — and so must — garbage out,” NUPL said in a statement signed by its chairman Neri Colmenares, president Edre Olalia, secretary general Ephraim Cortez, and adviser Carlos Zarate.

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