Gordon condemns judge’s murder

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Senator Richard Gordon has strongly condemned the killing of Zamboanga del Norte regional trial court Judge Reymar Lacaya recently.

“Dead men tell no tales. That’s why I have always stood up for people who are killed, such as judges. If the public officials are not safe in this country, if they cannot find justice in this country, what more with the common man, with the common tao (man)? How will the people get justice if the very people who dispense justice in our country are killed and could not get justice, themselves?’’ Gordon asked.

Gordon, chairman of the Senate justice and human rights committee, called on the Philippine National Police (PNP) to bring to justice the perpetrators behind Lacaya’s murder.

“If the rule of law is undertaken judiciously in a fair and fast manner, then citizens would not feel the need to take matters into their own hands through extra-legal means and so the culture of violence and impunity would subside if not stop! ‘’ he said.

“There is a culture of violence and impunity that must be stopped immediately. That’s why perhaps we ought to find our way clear on looking for solutions to, once and for all, try and get the killers who are faceless and who could put their dastardly activities painfully in the hearts of our citizens,’’ he added.

Lacaya was killed by a still an unidentified assailant while he was boarding his vehicle outside his courthouse last Thursday.

Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin condemned the killing even as he called on authorities to waste no time in solving Lacaya’s killing.

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