IBP Statement: On Violence Against Lawyers

Filipino lawyers condole with the family and loved ones of Atty. Bayani P. Dalangin, 73 years old, retired PAO lawyer and professor of law at Araullo University who was shot dead infront of his clients at his office in Talavera, Nueva Ecija last February 28, 2020. His death dramatizes the risks that workers in the justice sector face and the tragic trend of violence and impunity in our country.

While we urge lawyers to courageously do their job and act within the ethical norms of the legal profession, we ask that our government will its work: identify the criminals, relentlessly pursue and hold them accountable SOONER than later. Justice BILIS not Justice TIIS!

IBP goes beyond condemning attacks against its members. Families of slain lawyers, regardless of their status or stature can avail of IBP free legal aid. We personally and directly comfort the bereaved families. We are establishing a Php 25 Million Lawyers Security and Justice Fund to reward and support crucial witnesses in the successful prosecution of the murderers of lawyers. We have signed last March 2, 2020 the PNP-IBP Memorandum of Understanding on Lawyers Security to more effectively protect lawyers. Similar collaborations with the AFP and NBI are being pursued.

IBP National President and Chairman of the Board of Governors