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Sereno mourns Cam Sur judge’s death: He was a friend

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Ousted Supreme Court (SC) chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno has also expressed grief over the slay of Metropolitan Circuit Trial Court (MCTC) Presiding Judge Ricky Begino.

Sereno said Begino was her friend who had served with idealism “when he led the Philippine Trial Judges League in 2016 to 2017.”

“He was a kind and good human being and his family, with whom the Chief Justice condoles, must be grieving his loss,” she said in a statement on Wednesday (June 13).

“So many lawyers, prosecutors and judges have tasted violent death in the recent years,” she lamented.

Begino got shot in the nape on June 12 while on his way home in Barangay Sta. Maria, Camarines Sur.

Meanwhile, police has already arrested the suspect who is identified as Wilfredo Armea, 72, who happens to be a neighbor of Begino.

“The Chief Justice is relieved with the prompt action of authorities in his case, but requests them to address the increasing frequency of violent attacks against our people, including those involved in the administration of justice,” Sereno urged in her statement.