At least one lawyer killed a month — IBP

Published November 26, 2018, 3:46 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Jeffrey Damicog

At least one member of the legal profession was killed every month since August 2016, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) said Sunday, renewing the call to the government to address the killings.

Integrated Bar of the Philippines logo (MANILA BULLETIN)
Integrated Bar of the Philippines logo

In a statement, IBP president Abdiel Dan Elija Fajardo said: “This is a matter of duty for government, and a matter of right for lawyers under international law.”

Fajardo said there are now 35 lawyers, prosecutors and judges who have been killed under the Duterte administration.

“Our count started with the ambush of Atty. Rogelio Bato Jr. in Tacloban City on August 23, 2016, until this most recent assassination of Atty. Benjamin Ramos in Negros Occidental on November 6, 2018,” he noted.

“That is more than one IBP member getting killed every month, which makes our profession one of the most dangerous professions to practice in this country,” he pointed out.