Karapatan secretary-general Cristina Palabay said the IACLA
is the successor to the Inter-Agency Legal Action Group (IALAG) previosuly created by former president and now Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Roneo "Jigs" Clamor, Karapatan deputy secretary general, however said the IACLA only "legitimizes and systematizes" the political persecution, illegal arrest and detention of the Duterte administration critics through surveillance of their members.
The group said IACLA is a redux of the interagency legal action group (IALAG), which had been abolished in 2009 based on the recommendations of the United Nations.
"The revival of IALAG through IACLA will inevitably result in more arrests and detentions of those considered by the Duterte regime as 'enemies of the State,'" said Karapatan.
The congressmen found the Iacla, created in an Oct.
'If Iacla pushes through, the possibility of us in the Makabayan bloc being accused of trumped up charges will not be remote, as it has precedent, hence, it is just to call for the immediate abolition of this authoritarian measure,' Casilao said.
Meanwhile, the National Union of People's Lawyers (NUPL) echoed the sentiment and said the Iacla would 'institutionalize cover-up, mechanically pass off blame and brazenly harass or intimidate so-called 'enemies of the State' by enemies of the people.'