A human rights lawyer, who provided assistance to families of recently slain sugarcane farmers, was shot dead in central Philippines, becoming the 34th member of the legal profession killed since President Rodrigo Duterte came to power in 2016.
The National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) on Wednesday denounced the killing of Benjamin Ramos, the group’s local leader, who was killed by unidentified motorcycle-riding assailants on Tuesday evening on the island of Negros. Reports said he was hit three times in the back and upper chest.
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms the cold-blooded murder of Attorney Ramos,” NUPL assistant secretary general Josalee Deinla told Al Jazeera.
“The sad reality in the Philippines is that lawyers are getting killed while in legitimate exercise of their profession.”
Police said they are investigating the case, adding that Ramos had received numerous death threats before the deadly attack.