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THE national group of lawyers in the Philippines yesterday condemned the slaying of Quezon City Prosecutor Rogelio Velasco by gunmen as it appeal to the Philippine National Police to “do their jobs and hold to account the perpetrators” of the incident.
“We express outrage over the impunity by which lawyers, prosecutors and judges, are being targeted by evil forces in their malevolent efforts to subvert the rule of law,” the Integrated Bar of the Philippines said in a statement signed by its president, Abdiel Dan Elijah Fajardo.
The IBP noted that the “brazen daylight killing of QC prosecutor Velasco is the latest in a quick succession of murders perpetrated against officers of the Court without any regard to the sanctity of life, and with gross disrespect to their loved ones who will forever be scarred by the violence they had never imagined they would experience first-hand in their lifetime.”
“We call upon the authorities to do their jobs and hold to account the perpetrators of this dastardly act against Prosecutor Velasco. Impunity is the natural child of apathy and incompetence.”
Velasco was gunned down last Friday afternoon while on board a Toyota Innova van in Barangay Holy Spirit, Quezon City. He was with his daughter who was left by the gunmen unharmed.
Velasco, who was the city’s chief inquest prosecutor, was shot several times, the police said.
A witness told investigators that a white Toyota Innova vehicle blocked Velasco’s vehicle. The witness added that at least three men alighted from the vehicle and shot the victim’s passenger window before fleeing toward the direction of Commonwealth Avenue.
Velasco was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was declared dead an hour after his arrival.