Gov't allows transit of lawyers to represent arrested clients in ECQ areas

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 16 2020 02:47 PM | Updated as of Jun 16 2020 05:09 PM

MANILA - Lawyers who need to represent people apprehended in areas under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) are permitted to travel, Malacañang said Tuesday.

The government's inter-agency task force (IATF) on pandemic response amended its travel restrictions to exempt lawyers who need to "provide legal representation necessary to protect rights of persons under custodial investigation, to bail, and to counsel during inquest proceedings."

They can present their Integrated Bar of the Philippines ID when asked.

From June 16 until the end of the month, Cebu City is under ECQ, while its neighboring Talisay City is under modified ECQ. The rest of the country are under the looser general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified GCQ.

"Bagama't stay at home po ang lahat, pupwede po [ninyong] puntahan ang inyong mga kliyente na may problema po sa mga alagad ng batas," Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said in a Palace press briefing, addressing lawyers in the affected areas.

(Even though everyone should stay at home, lawyers can visit their clients who have problems with law enforcers.)

Travel in ECQ areas is restricted only for frontliners and for access to basic necessities and services.