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Lawyer shot dead had threats

Macababbad was the 58th lawyer and the third National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers member killed since 2016, the UPLM said

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Police are looking into the possibility that the killing of a lawyer Wednesday in South Cotabato was “job-related” as he had been receiving death threats of late.

Investigators found five empty shells from a cal. 45 gun, a deformed slug, a sachet of suspected shabu, and an orange envelope at the crime scene where Atty. Jun Macababbad was slain.

He was shot in Surallah, South Cotabato, succumbing to bullet wounds in different parts of the body.

Macababbad, 68, was in front of his house in Zone 2B, Barangay Libertad, when three unidentified men shot him, the report said.

Local police learned the incident from a concerned citizen around 5:30 p.m. and sent personnel to the area.

Responding lawmen brought Macababbad to the Surallah Community Hospital but the attending physician declared him dead on arrival.

Police also conducted a pursuit operation against the assailants, who were said to have fled towards Banga on two black motorcycles, but they were already nowhere to be found.

The Union of Peoples’ Lawyers in Mindanao (UPLM) condemned the killing which, it said, is clearly connected to Macababbad’s vocation of lawyering for the people.

Macababbad served as the group’s vice chairperson and chairperson of its SOCCSKSARGEN chapter.

“We offer our sympathies and prayers to the bereaved family as we call on the government authorities to do their job in resolving this dastardly crime,” the group said.

“We also call upon the international community to denounce this and many other attacks against Filipino lawyers as this hampers the practice of the legal profession and makes a mockery of the justice system and the rule of law.”

Macababbad was the 58th lawyer and the third National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers member killed since 2016, the UPLM said.

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