Daily Archives: 15/01/2021

The Philippines: Lawyer shot dead in Bukidnon


Another member of the legal community was gunned down on Friday, January 15, 2021.

Abogado Winston Intong was shot dead by a gunman on a motorcycle near his home in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon. The man was shopping at a market stall when a man drove in front of him and pulled the trigger in broad daylight.

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines condemned the brazen murder, lamenting that yet another legal practitioner’s life was taken away. He is the 55th to be killed under President Rodrigo Duterte’s reign.

“IBP prays and condoles with the Intong Family and continues to seek justice and security for Filipino lawyers. We feel the frustration but we do not fear nor falter in working with men of goodwill and responsible institutions to make the rule of law work in our country,” the national lawyers’ group said.

In 2011, MindaNews reported that Intong was arrested in a drug buy-bust operation in nearby Valencia City where he runs a law office. He was apparently caught selling a sachet of shabu to an agent.




N.B.: This is now the 63rd lawyer killed under the Duterte regime, not the 55th as reported in the Abogado article, a media source by and for lawyers.

Turkey: 49 terror suspects arrested across Turkey


49 terror suspects arrested across Turkey

At least 49 suspects were arrested on Thursday as part of an operation against terrorist groups across Turkey, according to security sources. 

An Izmir-based operation was carried out simultaneously across 12 provinces of Turkey as part of a probe against far-left terror groups such as MLKP, TKP/ML, DSIH as well as YPG/PKK.

Out of the 51 suspects, 49 were arrested during the operations, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media.

ESP terror group’s co-chair Ozlem Gumustas, former Izmir provincial head Pinar Turk and Kerim Altinmakas, as well as two lawyers, four Izmir municipality personnel were among those arrested.

Anti-terror units seized a number of digital materials, illegal publishing, documents belonging to terror groups, and 50,000 Turkish liras (approx. $6,750) during the operations.

Huseyin Askin, the provincial police chief, told reporters that it was a wide-range operation against the terror groups.