The Philippines: Environmental lawyer shot dead in front of kids in Bohol

February 15, 2017

Ambush investigation (File photo by Junjie Mendoza, CDN/INQUIRER)

An environmental lawyer was shot and killed by still unidentified gunmen while she was driving her three young children home in the capital city of Tagbilaran, Bohol, on Wednesday afternoon.

Mia Manuelita Cumba Masacariñas-Green, 49, died of bullet wounds in the head and body. Her children, one aged 9 and her two-year-old twins, were unharmed but they were shocked and shaken.

Supt. Nicomedes Olaivar, Tagbilaran police chief, said they were still determining, as of Wednesday night, the motive behind the killing. He said they would check the cases she had handled to find out if the killing was job-related.

Masacariñas-Green was known as an environmental lawyer when she was a member of the  Environmental Legal Assistance Center (ELAC).  She had also handled civil and criminal cases.



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