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Duterte appeals to fellow Bedan lawyers not to accept drug cases

Big-time drug dealers apprehended by the government may have find difficulty finding lawyers to defend themselves in court.

President Rodrigo R. Duterte delivers a speech before the San Beda Law Alumni Association during the Testimonial Dinner Reception at the Kalayaan Hall of Club Filipino in San Juan City on July 14. (TOTO LOZANO/PPD)

President Rodrigo R. Duterte delivers a speech before the San Beda Law Alumni Association during the Testimonial Dinner Reception at the Kalayaan Hall of Club Filipino in San Juan City on July 14. (TOTO LOZANO/PPD)

No less than President Duterte has recently appealed to fellow San Beda law graduates to refrain from accepting drug lords as their clients, showing his disgust towards those involved in the criminal activity.

At the San Beda College of Law alumni gathering held in his honor at Club Filipino Thursday, the President told his schoolmates to let lawyers from rival schools University of the Philippines and Ateneo de Manila University to handle drug-related cases instead.

“Huwag naman ‘yang mga drug lord. Susmaryosep. Maraming kaso diyan na pakialam mo… Ibigay mo doon sa iba. Ibigay mo doon sa taga-U.P pati Ateneo. Baka madale ka pa [Please don’t accept drug lords as clients for goodness’ sake. There are many other cases you can handle. Just give the drug cases to others, give them to UP and Ateneo lawyers or else you might be hit too],” Duterte said.

Duterte noted that his lawyer friends in Davao have avoided defending drug dealers in court due to his aversion to these offenders. The former mayor of Davao City is a law graduate from San Beda.

The President has launched a strong campaign against illegal drugs and other crimes but assured that due process and rule of law will be respected. He has already identified three drug lords associated with the Chinese triad in the country as well as five police generals involved in the illegal activity.

Malacañang earlier assured that the government’s anti-drug campaign is “not a free-for-all” crackdown on drug suspects and must still abide by the rule of law.

In his speech before San Beda schoolmates, Duterte reaffirmed his resolve to put an end to the country’s drug problem.

“Kaya tatapusin, may magtatapos talaga nito. I have placed the burden upon myself. Tatapusin ko ito even at the cost of my honor, my life, and the presidency,” Duterte said.