Lawyers' group on Roque's failed ILC bid: 'An enormous comfort' | Inquirer News

Lawyers’ group on Roque’s failed ILC bid: ‘An enormous comfort’

/ 08:09 AM November 13, 2021

The National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) pointed out on Saturday that it is “distressing and embarrassing” that the Philippines ranked low on the rule of law performance.

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque’s failed bid to be elected  to the International Law Commission (ILC) was met with “enormous comfort” by  the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) on Saturday.

“Without deriving any pleasure over it, it is still with enormous comfort  that we meet the non-election of Harry to the ILC,”  NUPL President Edre Olalia said in a statement.


“We welcome the very telling vote of the UN on the heels of  the strong protests and opposition of his own peers and people. This could be seen as a ringing thumbs down for  his principal as well,”  he added.

The President had a “positive reaction” to the DepEd proposal to hold pilot face-to-face classes but no final decision yet from Malacañang.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque (File photo from PTV video)

Roque, a lawyer by profession, was vying for one of the eight seats allotted for the Asia Pacific region, and was among the nominees for the 34 members of ILC.

He received only 87 votes out of 191 members during a voting held on Saturday (Manila time).

“While ordinarily, a compatriot who takes a shot at the Olympics, the Nobel Peace Prize, and even international beauty pageants is propped up with all the support needed,  the same generosity is hard to gift his controversial candidacy.”

Roque’s nomination to the ILC was earlier met by opposition by human rights groups.

“When Harry wanted to meet ILC, we underscored that competency is best complemented by consistency, credibility and character, if not modesty,” said Olalia.

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