Lawyer attack hit

-IBP-Davao alarmed at ‘brazenness of attack’ in front of Hall of Justice

The integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP)-Davao City Chapter condemned the daring attempt on the life of one of its members, Atty. Wilmer Q. Donasco, who was parking in front of the Hall of Justice building along Candelaria Street, Ecoland around 7:30 a.m.

Luckily, Atty. Donasco survived the attack. He was not hit, but he suffered minor injuries caused by the shattered left front door glass of his vehicle.
In a statement to TIMES, lawyer Rogelio Largo, said the incident is “highly alarming as it happened only two days after Atty. Connie Villamor was murdered in broad daylight in Tagum City.”
“The brazenness of the attack done in broad daylight near the Hall of Justice and police offices makes the incident even more alarming,” Largo said.
“In our democratic society where our rights and obligations are determined in accordance with established rules, we need lawyers, who know the law and its intricacies, to enforce our rights or defend us against any violation of our rights,” he added.
He said that lawyers have a duty to protect their clients within the bounds of the rules and laws. They need a safe environment where they don’t have to worry not only with giving their clients the legal protection but also their own lives.
“We thus call on police authorities to investigate with dispatch the said murder attempt on the life of Atty. Donasco,” he further said.” Nothing less than the identification and prosecution of the gunman and his principals could allay the fears of lawyers for their lives as they continue to advocate for the cause of their clients.”
Sr. Insp. Maria Theresita Gaspan, spokesperson of Davao City Police Office (DCPO), said the initial investigation revealed that the victim was about to park his Chevrolet pick-up truck along the road when a motorcycle with two men drove by. The passenger reportedly at the driver’s side window two times before they escaped.
For now, the Talomo police are still conducting further investigation to know the motive and identity the perpetrators.
Police deepen probe
on lawyer’s murder
Meanwhile, the Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) said they are now pursuing some leads in the killing of Atty. Connie Villamor in Tagum City on Monday morning.
Sr. Supt. Alan Manibog, the director of Davao del Norte Police Provincial Office, said he already convened the members of the SITG. “We have already discussed the initial information and the chief of police of the Tagum City Police Station had already presented information relative to the killing,” Manibog.
“Right now we are pursuing some leads hopefully it will lead to the solution on the death of Atty. Villamor,” he added.
“So far I can’t divulge anything but Atty. Vilamor has so many activities pertaining to her profession and she had other businesses,” he further said.
Manibog said the police investigators are talking with the family and husband of the victim, as well as their employees.

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