Karapatan Paralegal Bust Card


KARAPATAN BUSTCARD in the event of arrests and other violations

Sharing the Initial Advisory of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL)

A declaration of Martial Law does NOT: 

  • suspend the operation of the Constitution
  • supplant the functioning of the civilian courts or legislative bodies
  • give jurisdiction on military courts and agencies over civilians 
  • automatically suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus (where a person detained can question the legal  basis of her/his arrest or detention and seek immediate liberty)

In any event and under all circumstances, you have the right, among others: 

  • to be presumed that you are innocent 
  • against incriminating yourself
  • to due process 
  • to invoke the right to remain silent and the right not to speak until a lawyer of your choice assists you
  • against use of excessive and unnecessary force upon arrest
  • to be informed why you are being arrested
  • against illegal arrests, searches and detention
  • against warrantless arrests (except for instance when you have just committed, is committing or about to commit a crime)
  • against torture, solitary confinement, cruel, degrading and inhuman punishment 
  • right to counsel and access to her/him at all times
  • right to be visited by family, religious and rights organizations
You may also download and print the cards below (right click and select save image as to download)

Visayan bust card front

Visayan bust card back 

Karapatan Bust Card Filipino.zip4.13 MB
Karapatan Bust Card English.zip3.83 MB
BUST CARD ENG_TAG 20170313.pdf129.81 KB
BUST CARD ENG_TAG_BIS 2018-01-23.pdf134.71 KB
Karapatan Bust Card Visayan.zip344.25 KB