New law discards presumption of innocence

21. April 2021 | "War on Drugs", Human Rights News

The new House Bill 7814 which has been passed on March 2, 2021, according to which suspects regardless of their actual involvement can be detained for being allegedly involved in drug trade, is being harshly criticized by leftist lawmakers. They claim the new law is enforcing the culture of impunity. Also the presumption of innocence that is enshrined under the Constitution will be as good an non existing if this law comes into action.

Opponents to the new law are especially concerned by the missing presumption of innocence until proven innocent. Based on this law suspects can be detained based on mere assumptions.

Detained senator Leila de Lima classified this law as unconstitutional.

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