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Nakakabahala na! IBP urges SC to probe Batocabe’s killing

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The Supreme Court (SC) has been asked on Monday (Dec. 24) to investigate the continued killings of lawyers since President Rodrigo Duterte became chief executive in 2016.

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) made the call in the wake of the ambush of Ako Bicol Party-List Rep. and lawyer Rodel Batocabe who killed by unidentified gunman last Sunday (Dec, 23) Daraga, Albay.

IBP President Abdiel Dan Elijah Fajardo said in a statement that the SC should take “appropriate steps to ensure a thorough, prompt, impartial, and independent investigation into all the killings of lawyers from 30 June 2016.”

Fajardo earlier cited that there have been a total of 35 lawyers killed since June 2016 apart from Batocabe.

Also, Fajardo asked the SC to convene a dialogue with “the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, State security forces, particularly the Philippine National Police, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, other relevant government agencies, civil society organizations, and other lawyer organizations, where all parties could engage in open and constructive discussion on ensuring the safety and security of lawyers.”

He pointed out that the SC should “take immediate action to protect lawyers in the Philippines as they perform their function to protect their clients’ rights and uphold the rule of law.”

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