The Philippines: Sereno airs concern over number of lawyers killed

February 21, 2018

Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno has expressed concerns over the number of lawyers who were killed in an ambush over the past years.

“I think everyone should be alarmed. For any country in the world, when killings are done brazenly, every citizen must ask where society is headed towards. Is this a breakdown that we are seeing?,” she said in a dialogue with law students at the Sacred Heart Center in Cebu City on Wednesday afternoon.

Sereno gave her reaction in response to queries on the death of Cebuano lawyer Jonnah John Ungab who was gunned down in broad daylight by a still unidentified assailant infront of the Cebu City Hall of Justice last Monday.

Ungab, the lawyer of self-confessed drug lord Rolando “Kerwin” Espinosa Jr., was the 10th lawyer who killed in Cebu since 2004.

Sereno extended his condolences to Ungab’s family and hoped that the killing won’t stop other lawyers from carrying their roles in protecting their clients and making sure that justice is served.

The chief justice requested Executive Judge Gilbert Moises of the Regional Trial Court in Cebu City to provide the Supreme Court a copy of the police report on Ungab’s slay so that proper actions can be taken to secure members of the judiciary and the lawyers.

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(Integrated Bar of the Philippines National Facebook)



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