IBP deplores botched hit on lawyer
The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) on Thursday deplored the recent attempt on the life of lawyer Argel Joseph Cabatbat, who survived the attack after chasing the gunmen along EDSA Avenue in Quezon City.
The IBP lamented that lawyers and judges were being targeted with “swelling impunity,” hence creating an “environment of fear” in the justice system.
“Lawyers must be able to advocate their clients’ causes free from the corrupting elements of fear and intimidation. This ensures that disputes are resolved only within the confines of the law, the evidence, and an impartial tribunal,” the IBP said in a statement.
“Hired killers and their masterminds have no place in civilized society. Regardless of the overwhelming merit a cause of action may present, violence directed against the actors in the legal theater must never be countenanced,” the group stressed.
Cabatbat was cruising the northbound lane of Edsa when the motorcycle-riding gunmen, started firing at him.
The lawyer survived the assassination and chased the suspects. He rammed the suspects’ motorcycles that killed one of them.
The fatality was identified through his Philipine National Police ID as PO1 Mark Boquela Ayeras. One of the suspects was injured and was taken to the East Avenue Medical Center, while the other managed to flee.
“We thus call on our brothers in the National Bureau of Investigation, the Philippine National Police, and other government enforcement agencies, to get to the bottom of this incident and the other unsolved incidents that seriously impinge upon the rule of law,” the IBP said.