A fraternity from Ateneo de Manila University condemned the murder of a human rights lawyer outside his home in southern Cotabato on Wednesday (September 15th).
Atty. Juan Macababbad, 68, was shot dead by three unidentified gunmen outside his home in Brgy. Libertad, Surallah, South Cotabato. He suffered several gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead in hospital.
In a statement, the Fraternal Order of Utopia called for justice for Macababbad, which was part of its 1974 lot.
“We demand that this heinous crime be fully investigated, and that justice prevail for our Bod and his bereaved family,” the statement said.
The group said Macababbad “embodied the utopian values of service, sacrifice and excellence.”
“As a human rights lawyer and defender of the poor, his assassination, against the backdrop of the alarming wave of lawyer killings in the country, is an affront to social justice and the rule of law.
Macababbad was vice president of the Union of People’s Advocates (UPLM) in Mindanao and was active in the People’s Advocate where he handled the criminal and civil cases of the poor free of charge.
He represented farmers, fishermen, informal settlers and victims of extrajudicial killings.
According to the UPLM count, Macababbad was the 58th lawyer and the third member of the National Union of Peoples’ Advocates killed since the election of President Duterte in 2016.
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