The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) i- Cebu City chapter condemned the ambush of two lawyers on Thursday night in Barangay Looc, Mandaue City in Cebu.
Amelie “Am-Am” Ocañada-Alegre died while lawyer Briccio Boholst, the former Mandaue City administrator, was hit in the leg in an ambush by two unidentified riding in tandem. A third person, staff member Antonio Pino, was also hurt in the incident.
They were reported to have come from their law office and Alegre was driving Boholst to his home in Barangay Looc when the incident occurred.
Boholst and Pino, according to a dyLA Cebu report, are out of danger.
The incident came as a shock to Alegre’s colleagues, prompting them to issue a statement.
“No one has the right to take the life of another,” said the IBP in a statement sent to The Manila Times on Friday by lawyer Gonzalo Sally Malig-on.
“IBP Cebu condemns the ambush of fellow lawyers Am-Am and Briccio. It is a tragic irony that those who choose to uphold the rule of law as a profession are the victims of lawlessness and violence,” the group said.
The police are investigating the possible motive in the killing, including work-related and personal conflicts.
In a Sun.Star Cebu report, Alegre’s mother Marietta Ocañada told reporters that her daughter was separated from her husband Ryan, a businessman, since 2008.
Marietta added that she believed the gunmen were hired killers.
Cebu City lawyers called on the police to investigate the incident to identify the perpetrators of the crime.
“We urge the police authorities to find the culprits, especially the mastermind so they face the full force of our penal laws. We also ask the public especially our brother lawyers to pray and remain vigilant till justice is served to the family of Am-Am. We also wish for a safe recovery of Briccio,” the IBP group said.