February 19, 2018
Lawyer Jonah John Ungab, the vice mayor of Ronda town, died after he was shot inside his car by motorcycle-riding gunmen on North Reclamation Area, Cebu City, Monday noon.
Superintendent Artemio Ricabo, Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) spokesperson, said Ungab was shot after attending a hearing of his client, suspected big-time drug lord Kerwin Espinosa, for violation of the Omnibus Election Code (gun ban) and Illegal Possession of Firearms cases filed in 2010.
Ungab was driving his Suzuki Ciaz car from Qimonda Building Complex, where the Cebu City Hall of Justice was situated, and was crossing corner Sergio Osmeña Boulevard when he was shot by two unidentified men riding a Mio scooter with no plate number.
Ungab was with his wife, Pearl, inside the vehicle during the shooting at 11:50 a.m.
The vice mayor was rushed to a private hospital in Mandaue City but was declared dead at 2 p.m. by attending physicians.
“NUPL-CEBU STATEMENT ON THE KILLING OF ATTY. JONAH JOHN UNGAB
The National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) Cebu Chapter condemns the senseless killing of Atty. Jonah John Ungab by unidentified men after he attended a court hearing this morning.
Both our collective moral sense and the international convention on human rights recognize the right to life as an inherent right of every human being that no one shall be arbitrarily deprived thereof.
We urge the authorities to immediately conduct a full and impartial investigation into Atty. Ungab’s killing and swiftly bring the perpetrators to justice. Failure to do so will only embolden murderers under a pervasive culture of impunity that knows no power of the rule of law.
This attack against a lawyer, an officer of the court, undermines the proper functioning of our entire justice system already laid bare to the fleeting events and political mood of the moment.
We likewise urge our brothers and sisters in the legal profession to be vigilant in our quest for justice and our struggle to put an end to rampant killings and human rights violations which continue to plague our country.”
Atty. Ian Vincent C. Manticajon
NUPL-Cebu Interim President
09173195687 / email@example.com
Atty. Ian Anthony Sapayan
NUPL Vice President for the Visayas
(National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers Facebook)
The Ibp Cebu Chapter condemns the act as can be read in the news.
Atty. John is not only a fellow lawyer to me. He is my law professor and my mentor. He is a very good lawyer and is known to do well in the Courtroom.
This act of violence against us lawyers has no place in a civil society. As lawyers, we are only doing our job as mandated by the law and as our personal commitment to our clients.
We hope that society will understand our importance and our specific roles. Any act against us, either for vengeance or not, is an act of an uncivilized man. This shouldn’t be in this generation.
I pray for him and I hope God will keep him safe in His arms.
Please be safe my fellow lawyers. You are always in my prayers.
(Integrated Bar of the Philippines National Facebook)