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Lawyer killed, 2 wounded in Cebu ambush The murder on Wednesday of Mia Manuelita

Mascarinas-Green deepened concerns that the

By: Ador Vincent Mayol, Jhunnex Napallacan - 10:10 Philippines is one of the world's most dangerous places
PM August 13, 2015 for environmental campaigners, with more than 100
killed over the past 15 years.
CEBU CITY, Philippines A female lawyer was killed
while her law partner and office staff were wounded 33 environmental activists killed in PH in 2015: report
when they were ambushed by still unidentified men in
Barangay Looc, Mandaue City, Cebu, past 6 p.m. on Four motorcycle-riding gunmen opened fire after
Thursday. surrounding a van being driven by Mascarinas-Green --
with her children and nanny in the vehicle -- near her
SPO2 Juan Calamba, desk officer of the Mandaue City home on the central island of Bohol, the authorities said.
Police Station 5, identified the fatality as Amelie Ocaada
Alegre, 35. Wounded were her law partner, Briccio Mascarinas-Green was pronounced dead at a hospital
Boholst and an office staff, Antonio Pino who were both but her children were unharmed, regional police
recuperating at the University of Cebu Medical Center in spokesman Senior Inspector Reslin Abella told AFP.
Mandaue. Boholst is a former Integrated Bar of the "The victim is a known environmental lawyer.
Philippines-Cebu City president and Mandaue city Investigators are checking whether the attack had any
administrator. Alegre died on the spot due to multiple link to the cases she had handled in relation to
gunshot wounds in the body. Boholst was hit in the leg environmental issues," Abella told AFP by telephone.
and Pino in the stomach. Alegre was driving a grey BMW
car with plate number ABM 5635 after attending a "They now have the identity of at least one of the
meeting with Boholst and Pino in Mandaue. She was perpetrators and a hot pursuit operation is ongoing," she
supposed to drop off Boholst in Barangay Looc but her said without naming the suspect.
vehicle was fired upon by one of the two men on board
Abella said police were at the moment unaware if
a motorcycle when the car reached Catalino Street in
Mascarinas-Green had been threatened previously in
Barangay Looc, Mandaue. Senior Supt. Mariano Natu-el,
relation to her work.
Mandaue City police director, said they were looking into
all angles of the killing. He said they were securing the Her children are twins, aged two, and a 10-year-old
testimonies of witnesses and would try to review the daughter, according to local media reports.
footage of the CCTV installed near the traffic light located
100 meters away from the crime scene. Her death brings to 112 the number of environmental
campaigners murdered in the Philippines over the past
We cant give any conclusion now, he said. But he said 15 years, according to Filipino environment monitor
the police would invite Alegres husband for questioning. Kalikasan.This includes 12 since President Rodrigo
Alegres mother Marieta, who rushed to the crime scene Duterte took office seven months ago, Kalikasan said.
upon learning of the ambush, said her daughter confided
to her that she had been receiving death threats from her "Most of these cases remain unresolved as the
husband, Ryan Alegre, a businessman. The couple were government continues to ignore the threat against
sweethearts at the University of San Carlos. They got environmental defenders," Clemente Bautista, its
married in 2004. But their relationship turned sour four national coordinator told AFP.
years after when the victim learned that her husband had "What this means is that the perpetrators are
a mistress. Her husband eventually filed a petition to emboldened to do it again and again because no one
annul their marriage in court. ever gets caught."
Greenpeace Southeast Asia executive director Yeb Sano
also said the killing highlighted the culture of impunity in
Environmental lawyer murdered in Bohol the Philippines, where powerful figures abuse a corrupt
Agence France Presse political and justice system to literally get away with
Posted at Feb 17 2017 05:13 PM
"Those who cause environmental destruction are
MANILA - A Philippine lawyer who specialized in resorting to savage measures and deplorable acts to stop
investigating crimes against the environment has been communities and people who are standing up to protect
ambushed and shot dead, police said Friday. our imperilled environment," Sano said.
Environmental monitor Global Witness separately lists But Fabre drove past a drugstore and continued to drive
88 killings of environmental activists and workers in the until they reached Barangay Bayabas where the car got
Philippines between 2010 and 2015. stuck in the mud, Reyna said, adding that the lawyer
seemed under the influence of liquor.
The attacks spiked with 33 dead in 2015, ranking the
Philippines as the second most dangerous country in the
world for environmental campaigners behind Brazil.
She got off of the car and called for help. A moment later,
she said she saw the car was already in flames.

Espinosa lawyer killed in Tacloban ambush

Uploaded on Aug 23, 2016 05:34 pm On the other hand, the police report said a certain Felix
Trecio and Panfilo Valmoria rushed to help the victims
and smashed open the left-side window of the car in an
attempt to pull out Fabres son, but Fabre shot Valmoria
Unidentified suspects shot dead Atty Rogelio Bato, the
three times.
lawyer of Albuera, Leyte Mayor and suspected drug lord
Rolando Espinosa, in an ambush on Tuesday, August 23,
2016. Also killed was a 15-year-old girl who was with
Bato at the time of the incident. Police said Valmoria sustained a gunshot wound in the

Authorities recovered from Fabres car a 9mm handgun,

a cal-.38 pistol, and bladed weapons, the report said.
Lawyer, son killed in Cagayan de Oro
car fire
Investigations into the incident are still ongoing on, the
Published November 20, 2011 12:46pm police said.
A lawyer and his three-year-old son were killed in a fire
inside their car in Cagayan de Oro City Saturday morning,
a police report said. Ex-Abra gov's lawyer, 2 others killed in
Cagayan de Oro police identified the victims as Rey Published April 23, 2008 11:01pm
Bennie Fabre, a lawyer, and his three-year-old son.
CANDON CITY - Three Bangued residents including a
prominent lawyer of deposed Abra Gov. Vicente Valera
An initial report said the incident happened at around 5 were shot dead in three separate gun attacks in the
a.m. near the city's Neri Compound at Zone 2, Barangay capital town of Abra.

Cordillera Police Regional Director Eugene Martin said

According to Rachelle Reyna, a masseuse, she was that police are looking whether the killing of 75-year-old
fetched by Fabre's woman companion to massage the Demetrio Pre last Saturday was politically motivated.
lawyer's two sons at home who had fever.

Pre was killed by an unidentified gunman while he was

Reyna said, the lawyer and his companions in the car talking to two clients identified as Bernardo Banez inside
decided to drop by a drugstore to buy medicines. his law office at Zone 4. Pre was shot in the head with a
caliber .45 pistol.
The case handled by Pre with Banez involved a land The killing took place a day after another activist, Cris
dispute case in Abra but Pre was also a notary public to Frivaldo, was shot dead in Irosin town in Sorsogon
most of the cases of the former governor. Monday afternoon.

Right after Pre was shot, Martin said a municipal hall Frivaldo was the younger brother of Irosin councilor Max
guard was also killed by unidentified gunmen. Frivaldo who was also shot dead by two still-unidentified
gunmen inside his house early this year.

Efren Barselona, 32, was said to be manning the door of

the Bangued Municipal Hall when the attackers asked The Frivaldos were both members of the party-list group
permission to come in supposedly to use the automated Bayan Muna.
teller machine inside.

Initial reports indicated Gojol's van had passed by a

But immediately after entering the building, the military detachment along the national highway on its
assailants shot Barselona. Another guard was spared. way to Sorsogon City when the ambush happened.
Barselona sustained 14 gunshot wounds from an assault
rifle and died.
At the time, a motorcycle and an owner-type jeep gave
chase to Gojol's van, with the men on board the two
The latest incident involved a businesswoman who was vehicles motioning to France to stop the van.
shot dead Monday night on Gomez Street corner
Magallanes Street. Evangeline Valera of Bucloc, Abra, but
already a Bangued resident was shot in the head with a When France refused, the men on the motorcycle drew
caliber .38 revolver while she was walking with a woman cal-.45 pistols and fired repeatedly at the van, killing
friend. - GMANews.TV France.

Human rights lawyer, driver killed in Gojol got down and tried to run, but the gunmen fired at
him, hitting him in the buttocks. When he fell, the men
Sorsogon closed in and shot him in the back, killing him instantly.
Published December 12, 2006 6:53pm
A human rights lawyer and former provincial board Police said they are looking into information an Army
member was shot dead in an ambush in Sorsogon captain with whom Gojol crossed paths at a cockfight
province in Bicol early Tuesday morning, radio reports derby may have "ordered" the killing.

Another theory involved some groups targeting Gojol's

Two unidentified motorcycle-riding men shot dead Gil fellow human rights lawyers, identified as Bert Labitag
Gojol in the early-morning ambush, which occurred and Joven Laura, who had gone ahead of Gojol from the
shortly after Gojol attended a court hearing in Gubat courtroom Tuesday morning.
town in Sorsogon province.

Gojol, who was admitted to the Bar in May 1988, was

Radio station dzRH cited an initial police report indicating allied with the "Aksyon Demokratiko" party of the late
Gojol's driver, identified as Danilo France, was also killed former senator and presidential candidate Raul Roco.
in the ambush.
He ran for vice governor of Sorsogon under the "Aksyon
Demokratiko" banner in 2004 but lost to Antonio
Following his political defeat, Gojol focused his efforts on Cagayan provincial police director Sr. Supt. Gregorio Lim
human rights work. identified the victim as Atty. Isagani Garcia.
Gojol's murder came a day after international human
rights groups scored the Arroyo government anew about
extrajudicial killings of activists and journalists. - The 35-year old lawyer was gunned down at 8:28 p.m.
GMANews.TV Wednesday, along Bagay Road in San Gabriel,
Tuguegarao City, Lim told GMA News Online in a text

QC prosecutor shot dead

The victim was brought to Saint Paul Hospital but was
Published January 11, 2017 4:35am
declared dead by Dra. Katrina Sumalabe at about 9 p.m.,
Updated January 11, 2017 7:52am he added.
A government prosecutor was shot dead early
Wednesday morning on Commonwealth Avenue in
Authorities are investigating the incident to get leads on
Barangay Old Balara in Quezon City, James Agustin
the suspect and to determine the motive for the crime,
reported for Super Radyo's dzBB.
Lim said.

Lawyer Noel Mingoa was shot in front of Cebu lechon

According to news reports, Garcia was known to be
restaurant along Commonwealth Avenue at 1:20 a.m.
handling the graft complaints before the Office of the
Ombudsman against former police official and now city
Mayor Jefferson Soriano.
He died on the spot, a separate report on Unang Balita
on Wednesday said.
The mayor was back on his post last Monday after a 90-
day suspension for his alleged involvement in a P34-
A witness said Mingoa was talking on his cellphone when million helicopter scam.
he was shot by a still unidentified male who got off a
black car and fired at the victim at close range.
Soriano was among 22 people, including former First
Gentleman Mike Arroyo, who were charged for the
The same witness said four to five gunshots were heard. supposed anomalous purchase of helicopters for the
Philippine National Police (PNP).

There were more than 14 empty bullet shells found at

the crime scene. In 2009, Soriano was a member of the PNP Bids and
Awards Committee when the police bought two second-
hand helicopters that were passed off as brand new.
Investigation is ongoing to determine the motive for the
crime. BAP/KG, GMA News
As of posting time, GMA News Online was still trying to
contact the Tuguegarao City mayor's office for Soriano's
Lawyer shot dead in Tuguegarao City comment on the incident. Rouchelle R. Dinglasan
/LBG, GMA News
Published May 15, 2014 1:03pm
A prominent lawyer in Tuguegarao City in Cagayan
province was been shot dead, a police official said Tuguegarao trial lawyer shot dead
By Raymund Catindig (The Philippine Star)
Azarcon was walking to his car, which was just a few
steps away from his home, when he was repeatedly shot
TUGUEGARAO CITY , Philippines Police are looking into by the assailants.
work-related angle in the fatal shooting of a trial lawyer
by motorcycle-riding men here Wednesday night.
The shooting happened shortly after 8 a.m. along 9th
Superintendent Jay Cumigad, city police chief, said slain
lawyer Isagani Garcia, 35, a law professor at the Cagayan
State University Tuguegarao City campus, reportedly
handled high-profile cases. Police said the prosecutor sustained three gunshot
wounds. report from Allan Gatus/ALG, GMA News

Police said Garcia had just attended his class when the
assailants overtook his car and fired several .45-caliber
bullets at him at around 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Judge Andrew Barcena of Ilagan City Regional Trial Court

Branch 17 broke the news on Garcias killing during the
launch yesterday morning of the Justice on Wheels
program of the Supreme Court (SC).

The affair was attended by SC administrator Midas

Marquez, judges and members of the Integrated Bar of
the Philippines-Isabela chapter, who all denounced the

Ilagan City RTC Judge Jeffrey Cabasal said he believes that

Garcia, who took the Bar exams in 1999, could have
opposed someone in power that led to his killing.

State prosecutor shot dead

outside Caloocan City home
Published May 22, 2017 11:21am
A state prosecutor was shot and killed by motorcycle-
riding men in front of his home in Caloocan City on
Monday morning.

A radio dzBB report identified the victim as Diosdado

Azarcon of the Caloocan City Prosecutor's Office.