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Grex laments loss of presumption of innocence

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Former Albay 1st district Rep. Grex Lagman rued the “death” of the presumption of innocence in this recent Facebook upload.

Lagman, a lawyer, posted this photo of an alleged “Chinese drug lord” who appeared to have been summarily executed. Incidentally, this scene has become more commonplace the past few weeks.

“Nung ako’y nag-aaral pa sa law school, ito’y tumatak sa isipan ko: ‘Kahit ilan pang hinala o bintang, hinding-hindi ito magbubunga sa isang patunay ng pagkakasala,'” noted Lagman, son of former House Minority Leader Edcel Lagman.

In his succeeding sentences, Lagman lamented how the presumption of innocence has practically vanished in the light of these extra-judicial killings.

“Kaso ngayon, tila’y baliktad na: ‘Ang hinala ay sapat na para tayo’y husgahan ng pagkakamali–at minsa’y kamatayan–na walang anu mang paglilitis.’

“Nakakalungkot din na dumarami na ang mga tagapagtanggol na naniniwala sa bagong interpretasyon ng Konstitusyon na ‘one is presumed guilty until proven innocent,'” he said.

President Rodrigo Duterte, who took office only last June 30, had a campaign promise of ending criminality and illegal drugs within the first three to six months of his term. (Randy K. Ortega)