Ex-CJ Sereno breaks silence on pro bono lawyer’s murder
Former chief justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno on Thursday broke her silence on the latest killing of a human rights lawyer in Kabankalan, Negros Occidental.
“Any government that does not act to stop the rampant killing of defense lawyers, by such inaction, kills not only its citizens and their defenders, but also the rule of law, and thereby, extinguishes hopes for a just and humane future,” she said in a SMS to reporters.
Atty. Benjamin Ramos was shot dead by motorcycle-riding men while taking a break after he had just finished a legal paper for another of his many pro bono clients.
Ramos was the 34th lawyer killed during the Duterte administration.