Posted by: nupl | April 24, 2008



The Historical Birthplace of the NUPL Gives Rise to the First Chapter

12 April 2008

Cebu City. – Nothing could have been more apt and timely. With the just concluded review and examination of the human rights records of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines by the United Nations under the newly established Universal Periodic Review Mechanism and the continued lip service given by the former on its supposed adherence to human rights and disturbing reference to itself as a “human rights defender”, a group of 21 lawyers, 9 law students and 8 paralegals in Cebu City today formed the first chapter of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers and vowed, among others, to be involved in the active defense, protection and promotion of human rights, covering civil, political, social, economic and cultural rights. Cebu City is known as the historical birthplace of the NUPL.

The Cebu Chapter of the NUPL, resolved, among others, to render legal services to victims of violations of said rights who are poor and oppressed as it adopted as its own the two Amparo cases that are now pending trial before the Court of Appeals here in Cebu City and which involve the abduction and enforced disappearance of two farmers in Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental. The respondents in the said cases are President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Gen. Esperon and other military officers and non-commissioned officers.

Taking into account a provision in the NUPL General Program of Action for 2008 to maximize and rationalize the practical use of existing judicial, quasi-judicial and other legal fora and remedies in the national and international levels, including the mechanisms arising out of the peace process for the defense, protection and promotion of human rights, it has also resolved to actively advocate and push for the ratification of the Rome Statute which established the International Criminal Court and demanded from the Philippine State that the same go beyond its lip service and instead sincerely comply with its human rights obligations under the International Bill of Rights and relevant human rights treaties as well as the recommendations in the final report (2007) of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Killings, Summary and Arbitrary Executions.

The said chapter includes Cebu City and all other cities, towns and islands of Cebu. It will include NUPL groups which will be formed soon in the law schools of the University of Cebu, University of San Carlos, University of San Jose-Recoletos and Southwestern University.

The newly elected officers are as follows: Chairperson, Kit Enriquez; Vice-Chair (External), Democrito Barcenas; Vice-Chair (Internal), Gloria Estenzo-Ramos; General Secretary, Alfonso M. Cinco IV; Treasurer, Noemi Truya-Abarientos; Auditor, Alfredo Sipalay; Deputy Gen.Sec. (Law Students), Edward Felipe; and Deputy Gen. Sec. (Paralegals), Jean Heracleo Suarez.

The First General Meeting cum Assembly was held at the AVR2 of the University of Cebu-Banilad in Cebu City courtesy of the UC College of Law and which, incidentally, produced the No. 10 Bar Topnotcher in the 2007 Bar Examinations.

Poch Cinco




  1. In order to prevent PGMA from extending her stay in power, simply pass an Anti-Dynasty Law. A draft has of that proposed law is done. I would like to send said draft by email attachment but I cannot do it with this message format.

  2. Hello!

    I’m a lawyer in Seattle, Washington. I have trying to contact KIT ENRIQUEZ. He is my cousin. Please forward my email address to him, if at all possible. He may also call me at (206) 906-9095.


    Credo James Enriquez

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