The Philippines: Kin bewail inaction on murder of Negros lawyer

August 24, 2019

No arrest has been made in the killing of lawyer Anthony Trinidad, a month after he was gunned down in his hometown Guihulngan City in Negros Oriental.

“We have no update at all. No one has called us,” Andrea Trinidad, a younger sister of the slain lawyer, told the Inquirer on Thursday.

Gunmen on a motorcycle shot Anthony dead on July 23 as he was driving a sport utility vehicle in the city center of Guihulngan. His wife, Novie Marie Quirante-Trinidad, who was with him in the vehicle, was wounded.

Police earlier said the lawyer had received death threats.

He was among those named in a list of targets of an anticommunist group for allegedly supporting the New People’s Army (NPA). But the Trinidad family had denied this.

Anthony was among 19 people gunned down in separate incidents in Negros Oriental last month. Also killed were teachers and siblings Arthur and Aldane Bayawa in Guihulngan, former Ayungon town mayor Edsel Enardecido and Canlaon City councilor Bobby Jalandoni.

The Defend Negros #Stoptheattacks network said at least 87 people had been killed on Negros Island since 2017.

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