The Philippines: Surigao lawyers protest attacks on colleagues

February 9, 2017

Lawyers in Surigao del Norte on Thursday held a protest here demanding justice for their colleagues who were attacked recently by still unknown gunmen.

Last February 2, retired Regional Trial Court judge Victor A. Canoy was gunned down in Burgos Street, this city.

Four days after, a gunman shot City Prosecutor Manuel N. Tesiorna Jr. outside his house in Barangay Canlanipa this city. He sustained four gunshot wounds in different parts of his body. On Tuesday morning, he was airlifted to Cebu City for further treatment.

“We are making this statement to make our voices heard, not only by the local authorities but by the national level authorities as well. We are calling that all those responsible to the senseless attack against retired Regional Trial Court Judge Victor A. Canoy and against City Prosecutor Manuel N. Tesiorna, Jr. be brought to justice,” said Atty. Noel Pangilinan, president of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines–Surigao del Norte.

The local IBP chapter believed the victims were targeted because they were handling drug cases.



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