Neri Javier Colmenares (born on December 4, 1959 in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental) is a human rights lawyer and activist. He served as Bayan Muna representative from 2007 to 2016.
He is the chairperson of Bayan Muna and the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers, both of which have been red-tagged under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Colmenares is a vocal critic of controversial policies and measures of the Duterte administration, including the killings in the campaign against illegal drugs and the anti-terrorism law. He is a petitioner and counsel in one of the 37 petition challenging the constitutionality of the law before the Supreme Court.
This is Colmenares’ third senatorial bid after losing in the 2019 and 2016 elections.
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