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Palace condemns killing of NUPL lawyer


By Genalyn Kabiling

Malacañang has condemned the killing of lawyer Ben Ramos and pledged a “speedy and impartial” investigation to bring the culprits to justice.

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo assured that authorities would leave no stone unturned in the resolving the case of Ramos.

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo (OPS / MANILA BULLETIN)

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo

“Any form of violence, other than legal, has no place in a civilized society,” he said in a statement. “We strongly condemn the brutal slaying of Atty. Ben Ramos, lawyer and founding member of the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL),” he said.

Ramos was shot dead by motorcycle-riding assailants in Kabankalan, Negros Occidental last Tuesday. He was standing in front of a store when he was attacked.

Panelo said authorities were conducting “a speedy and impartial investigation with respect to the incident and pertinent agencies will do all they can to ensure that the perpetrators of this detestable atrocity are brought to justice.”

He also rejected allegations that the government was behind the incident, saying this was “reckless, irresponsible and baseless.”

“It will not reduce the sorrow of the bereaved family nor will it bring closer to the attainment of justice. It can only inflame the emotions of those outraged by the senseless death,” he said.

He maintained that the President would “not allow any person or group of persons violate any law and get away” with the murder.

“He will spare no one in his relentless drive against criminality pursuant to the constitutional directive for him to protect and serve the country’s citizenry,” he said.

He said the President also offered his condolences to the grieving family ofRamos. He said the President also “gives his assurance that there will be no stone left unturned in the solution of the killing of a fellow member of the bar.”

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