Statement on the killing of Atty. Ben Ramos

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Atty. Ben Ramos was shot and killed in Kabankalan last night by men on a motorcycle. I do not know Atty. Ramos, though I understand why he took cases pro bono, helping the neediest in our society. That he did made him a target of suspicion that he was leftist because of the cases he took.

I condemn the murder of a fellow member of the Bar. I am outraged at the thought that his advocacy could have caused his own murder or might justify it. His murder is inexcusable and must be investigated, and the perpetrators, brought to justice.

I condole with Atty. Ramos’s family and friends, his clients, and colleagues. Now is not the time to cower in fear, especially for men and women of the law.

Abe Diokno