3 bullets kill anti-Duterte lawyer

President Rodrigo Duterte in Manila this summer. Since he came to power 34 lawyers have been killed.

One of the founding members of a Philippine lawyers’ group at the forefront of opposing President Rodrigo Duterte’s lethal war on drugs was gunned down on Tuesday, killed by three bullets as he was leaving his office for the night.

The attorney, Benjamin Ramos, 56, was the 34th lawyer killed since Mr. Duterte became president two years ago. His group, the National Union of People’s Lawyers, specialized in doing no-cost work for poor clients whose families have been targeted by the police, soldiers and death squads associated with the president’s drug war.

SOURCE: Philippine Lawyer Who Resisted Duterte’s Drug War Is Gunned Down. By Jason Gutierrez. Nov. 7, 2018. © 2018 The New York Times Company. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/07/world/asia/philippine-lawyer-duterte.html
The Integrated Bar of the Philippines condemns the murder of lawyer Ben Ramos in Kabankalan, Negros Occidental, the latest in a series of attacks on lawyers. IBP president Abdiel Fajardo says lawyers "are now enveloped in fear as they seek to provide access to justice to their clients." Fajardo adds "our pens and typewriters are helpless against guns and bullets that have tilted the scales of justice...in favor of impunity and lawlessness." The national association of lawyers called on authorities to solve the case. "Each unsolved and un-prosecuted murder of the officers of our courts of law is an attack against the rule of law."

SOURCE: Killing of human rights lawyer Benjamin Ramos. LATEST UPDATE: November 7, 2018 - 6:08pm. LOCATION: PHILIPPINES. https://www.philstar.com/happens/531

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