Daily Archives: 13/11/2020

The Philippines: IBP to help lawyers handle stress, improve security


The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) has vowed to help lawyers improve their “personal security” and cope with stress, following the killing of a judge by a clerk of court who thereafter committed suicide.

“IBP will continue to help lawyers handle stress and improve their personal security,” IBP president Domingo Egon Cayosa said in a statement on Thursday.

“We hope that government and all sectors will cooperate to ensure that differences may be resolved responsibly, quickly and peacefully,” he added.

On Wednesday, Judge Ma. Theresa Abadilla of Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 45 was shot in her chamber by clerk of court Amador Rebato Jr., who shot himself afterward.

Abadilla, 44, was rushed to the hospital but declared dead on arrival at Manila Medical Center. The police said in their report that they found the 42-year-old Rebato lying dead in his office.

Rebato had been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the police, citing a staff member of Abadilla’s court .

The IBP expressed its condolences “with the families of … Judge Maria Teresa Abadilla and of … attorney Amador Rebato Jr.”Cayosa also said, “Lawyering is one of the most stressful professions.

This is compounded by the unabated killings of judges, prosecutors and lawyers, the additional risks and burdens brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the creeping culture of violence and impunity in our society.”









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