May 2, 2021 @ 18:38

After ambush attempt, lawyer’s husband shot dead in Capiz

The husband of a lawyer in Capiz province was shot dead on Sunday, May 2.

The National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers – Panay reported that John Heredia, husband of Atty. Criselda Heredia was shot dead in Barangay Lawaan in Roxas City. Although he may not be an abogado himself, this marks a successful act of violence against the Heredia family after having survived an ambush try in September 2019.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with John Heredia’s family as they go through this most difficult of times. This is a monstrous crime that must be investigated promptly and properly so that the perpetrators can be brought to justice,” NUPL-Panay said in a statement.

The group sees this as a fresh form of intimidation.

“These events highlight the impunity with which extrajudicial killings are being carried out in this country. Under this administration, lives have, indeed, become so cheap as innocent people – activists, farmers, labor leaders, environmental defenders, and lawyers – are being murdered by the score,” NUPL-Panay added. “These killings must end and the perpetrators and all those behind them must be held to account for these atrocities.”

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