Jose Diokno: The Political Fighter

Jose Diokno is a man of strong nationalism.

He went to the De La Salle College in Manila for his secondary education, and stayed green for college in De La Salle University where he graduated as summa cum laude in only 17 years of age. He continued to the University of Santo Tomas to study law. Unfortunately, the time was when the World War II broke out, so he had to stop studying, but he didn’t let anything stop his learning (not even the war) so he read his father’s law books.

In 1961, he was appointed as the Secretary of Justice by then President Diosdado Macapagal.

He won lots of cases, he was given the most sophisticated ones, so no wonder he was Secretary by 39. Unlike politicians today, who we all know are as fickle as the weather, Diokno didn’t transfer from a party to another even at times constraint. He stood by his principles, he fought for what he believed was just and true.

He showed such strength in the time of President Marcos’ term. Marcos and Diokno were a part of theNacionalista Party, but when Marcos suspended the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus, Diokno left the party and instead made the streets his home for protests together with other subversive and strong nationalists (Wikipedia).

He was also appointed by President Corazon Aquino as the chairman of the Presidential Committee on Human Rights.

Jose Diokno’s death was a grave, national loss. “Pepe braved the Marcos dictatorship with a dignified and eloquent courage our country will long remember.” (Pepe is his nickname) President Cory said.

Pepe was a man of justice and nationalism. He fought, he believed, and he did what had to be done. He didn’t let the powerful control his beliefs, he didn’t let fear poison him.

“No cause is more worthy than the cause of human rights… they are what makes a man human. Deny them and you deny man’s humanity.” – Jose ‘Ka Pepe’ Diokno



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