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Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said on Wednesday (Nov. 25) that he has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to investigate the killing of Atty. Joey Luis Wee in Cebu City last Monday (Nov. 23).

“The government is very much concerned about the increasing number of crimes committed against lawyers, prosecutors, and judges, and while these are generally considered to be part of the hazards of the profession, the government is committed to bring the perpetrators of these crimes before the bar of justice,” he said.

Guevarra gave the directive after he earlier asked the NBI to also investigate the murder of Atty. Jay Magcamit in Palawan last Nov. 17.

“The NBI is working hard on the investigation of the violent deaths of Attys. Magcamit and Wee,” the secretary said.

“More field operatives have been deployed in Palawan and Cebu to intensify their hunt for the perpetrators of these treacherous crimes,” he added.

Wee is considered the 53rd lawyer killed in the country during the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

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