Various organizations in Bohol have formed an initiative to push the police to give justice to the death of lawyer Mia Manuelita Mascariñas-Green who was killed in front of her three children and nanny last Feb.15.
The Justice for Atty. Mia Kalinaw sa Bohol (peace in Bohol) Movement, was formed on Friday to put pressure on the police to solve the killing of Green and other unsolved crimes in the province.
“The call for the speedy justice for Mia is connected to the seeds of impunity that is an obstacle to attain justice not just for Mia but for many cases here in Bohol, our peaceful Bohol,” said Pat Ruiz, a board of director of the Bohol Nature and Conservation Society (Bonaconso).
Ruiz was one of the conveners of the movement which included representatives from civil society groups, the religious sector, the academe and members of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) as well as friends and relatives of Green.
Green was driving home with her three children aged 10 and two-year-old twins and a nanny in the afternoon of Feb. 15 when she was waylaid at the corner of H. Zamora and J.A. Clarin Streets in Dao District in Tagbilran.
Prominent lawyer and Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) nationalist leader, Muhammad Jan Gigyani was gunned down on Saturday in an act of targeted killing in Shabqadar, a small town in Charsadda tehsil of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P).
Police said Gigyani was on his way to a local court located in Haji Zai Shabqadar along with his nephew when unidentified motorcyclists opened fire at their vehicle on main Peshawar Shabqadar Road.
L4L is concerned by the trial of lawyer Nkongho Felix Agbor-Balla from the Republic of Cameroon. Agbor-Balla faces wide-ranging and serious charges, including ‘Hostilities against the Fatherland’ and incitement to civil war and revolution. A number of the indictments carry the death penalty on conviction. This was reported by the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute on their website.
Agbor-Balla is the President of the Fako Lawyers’ Association and heads the Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium (CACSC) which represents anglophone lawyers and teachers. He was involved in recent negotiations with the Government of Cameroon to settle unrest between its anglophone and francophone populations. On 17 January 2017, after organising peaceful protests to promote the rights of the English-speaking minority in Cameroon, Agbor-Balla was arrested by special forces and detained in a prison in Yaoundé. Furthermore, the activities of the CACSC were banned.
The Palace giving full support to the Department of Justice’s (DoJ) petition with the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court (RTC) to gag Sen. Leila de Lima from discussing the drug trafficking charges filed against her as presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said the request was “nothing new” since it is in accordance the sub-judice doctrine.
“Should the court grant the motion, we expect all parties to abide by it to preclude any undue pressure to the judge hearing the cases or any influence that may condition the minds of the public on the merits of the case,” Abella said.
De Lima in a statement out of her Camp Crame detention cell said rumors circulated on social media on reports about her alleged suicide attempt inside her detention cell in Camp Crame “should be viewed as a campaign by the Duterte administration to condition the minds of public.”
“These fake ‘alternative fact’ news are making the rounds and being encouraged by Duterte’s lapdogs, such as Speaker (Pantaleon) Alvarez, in order to condition the minds of the people that the worst can happen to me while in detention at the PNP Custodial Center, without any fault of the Duterte regime because I supposedly already lost my mind after my arrest,” de Lima said.