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IBP: Killing of Davao prosecutor shows need for security of legal professionals

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) on Wednesday said the killing of a 54-year-old prosecutor in Digos City, Davao del Sur stressed the need for improved security measures for legal professionals.

“This tragic incident serves as a stark reminder of the dangers that legal professionals constantly encounter in pursuing their legal duties,” the IBP said in a statement.

“The IBP underscores the necessity of increasing public responsibility to guarantee that all members of the legal profession can fulfill their duties without fear of retribution or violence,” it later added.

This came after assistant provincial prosecutor Eleanor Dela Peña was shot while driving home on Monday, allegedly by her 56-year-old half-brother, who is now under police custody.

The police are looking at land conflict as a possible motive for the killing. 

In condemning the killing, the IBP stressed that the act is also an attack on the country’s entire justice system.

“Fiscal Ning was a dedicated public servant. Her life was dedicated to safeguarding justice and the rule of law. She died undeservedly too soon. This reprehensible act is an attack on the entire justice system,” it said.

Meanwhile, the IBP commended the Philippine National Police for the swift arrest of the suspect and urged authorities to swiftly prosecute the case.

The IBP also called on all sectors of society to condemn the killing and to work together to create a secure environment for advocates of justice.

“Before it’s too late, let’s all take action together,” it said.—AOL, GMA Integrated News