By ATTY. ABDIEL DAN ELIJAH S. FAJARDO
PRESIDENT, INTEGRATED BAR OF THE PHILIPPINES
The national leadership of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines condemns the murder yesterday of lawyer Ben Ramos in Kabankalan, Negros Occidental.
We decry this latest incident in a quick succession of violent attacks against lawyers, who are now enveloped in fear as they seek to provide access to justice to their clients. Our pens and typewriters are helpless against guns and bullets that have tilted the scales of justice alarmingly in favor of impunity and lawlessness, all in arrant disregard of the sanctity of human life.
Governments are required to provide protection to lawyers under international law. We thus beseech the duly constituted authorities to solve this case with competence and dispatch because lawyers, prosecutors, and judges are being targeted with surging frequency and impunity.
Each unsolved and un-prosecuted murder of the officers of our courts of law is an attack against the rule of law. It cripples or paralyzes the moving parts of the justice system upon the well-founded apprehension that the attacks are a direct result of the discharge of their functions.# nordis.net