IBP deplores killing of pro-bono lawyer in Negros
The national leadership of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines on Wednesday condemned the murder of lawyer Ben Ramos in Kabankalan, Negros Occidental.
“We decry this latest incident in a quick succession of violent attacks against lawyers, who are now enveloped in fear as they seek to provide access to justice to their clients. Our pens and typewriters are helpless against guns and bullets that have tilted the scales of justice alarmingly in favor of impunity and lawlessness, all in arrant disregard of the sanctity of human life,” the group said.
The IBP called on the government to solve this case with competence and dispatch because “lawyers, prosecutors, and judges are being targeted with surging frequency and impunity.”
“Each unsolved and un-prosecuted murder of the officers of our courts of law is an attack against the rule of law. It cripples or paralyzes the moving parts of the justice system upon the well-founded apprehension that the attacks are a direct result of the discharge of their functions,” it added.